Christmas decorations are seen in the Cross Hall and Blue Room of the White House on December 2 in Washington, D.C.
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First Lady Michelle Obama reads 'The Night Before Christmas' at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington on December 3.
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The National Christmas Tree is seen being lit by President Barack Obama on the Ellipse on December 3.
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The Reception Room is decorated for Christmas during a preview of the holiday season decorations at the White House on December 2.
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President George W. Bush makes his annual Christmas Eve telephone call to U.S. Armed Forces on Dec. 24, from Camp David.
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Washington-area children enjoy a brief visit from Chelsea's cat Socks, as the President and Mrs. Clinton hosted a Christmas party in the East Room of the White House, Dec. 20, 1996.
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President George H.W. Bush reads a Christmas story to his grandchildren, Pierce Bush, Marshall Bush, Barbara Bush, Lauren Bush, Jenna Bush, Ashley Bush and Sam LeBlonde at Camp David in Maryland on Christmas Eve, 1991.
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President Reagan with First Lady Nancy Reagan and their dog Rex are seen on the South Lawn during a ceremony to light the National Christmas Tree on December 12, 1985.
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President Jimmy Carter and his daughter Amy celebrate Christmas.
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President Gerald Ford waves to the crowd at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 1976.
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President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy stand by the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House on December 13, 1961.
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A holiday tree ornament featuring former President Theodore Roosevelt hangs on a Fraser Fir in the Blue Room in 2008.