No, this is NOT Houston, even though we did have a freak snowfall that lasted all day and turned the city into a magical place! No, this is the White House during the holiday season, of course, taken from a new book: “Christmas at the White House.” If you are into both the White House and Christmas decorating, this book is definitely for you: a chronicle of the past 50 years, it starts with the Kennedys and ends with the Bushes II. Former First Lady Laura Bush wrote the forward, and amazingly all the living First Ladies wrote the introduction to their own chapter. For the First Ladies who have passed away, their daughters wrote their own memories, while Social Secretary for Jacqueline Kennedy, Letitia Baldrige, added her recollections.
The book is large with over 400 pages and more than 500 glorious pictures, many of which have never been seen before. It is filled with interesting stories about what goes on behind the scenes each year in order to pull the amazing event together. The modern day Christmas at the White House tradition was started by Jacqueline Kennedy when she was the first to place the tree in the Blue Room and decorated the White House around the Nutcracker Suite theme. Today, the season is a true extravaganza – with TV specials documenting the preparations behind the event. “Christmas at the White House” is written by Dallasite Jennifer Pickens who says she was driven to write the book after a memorable visit to the White House during the 2004 holiday season. When she was back home, hungry for more, she searched for a book on the subject, dismayed to find none. Pickens spent four years writing this book, and her efforts show – not a single detail has been overlooked.
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas in the White House!
If you are in Houston – Pickens will be here this Saturday, Dec. 5th, signing books. Her first stop will be at Berings on Westheimer from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. Next, she’ll head up to Neiman Marcus in the Galleria from 2:00 -4:00 pm. If you can’t make it - you can always buy the book online HERE. Free shipping is offered too. The coffee table book, which was printed “green” will make wonderful Christmas gifts – I know my mother-in-law will love it!
Awww, Christmas with Barney and Mrs. Beasley! I wonder if Bo is going to have a good Christmas too?
Information: Pickens will be here this Saturday, Dec. 5th, signing books.
Berings on Westheimer from 11:30 – 1:30 pm.
Neiman Marcus at the Galleria from 2:00 -4:00 pm.
To purchase the book online, go HERE.