Learn about Christmas Traditions and Customs in Washington D.C.
World Book’s Christmas in Washington D.C. is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Washington, D.C. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite American holiday in a way that is unique to the nation’s capital.
Christmas in Washington is unique; Washingtonians would agree Christmas in their city is shared with the nation and the world. There is a national Christmas tree; there is a capitol Christmas tree; there is a White House decked out for the holidays; there is Christmas on the National Mall. Indeed, Christmas in Washington is a holiday celebration quite unlike any other in the world.
Christmas in Washington D.C. begins with a description of how various presidents have celebrated Christmas in Washington. Historical photographs depict such moments as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s lighting of the first national Christmas tree in 1941 and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s hosting of a Christmas party for children with disabilities in the early 1960’s. Modern photographs feature the elaborate decorations that grace each stately White House room; performances of holiday music, ballets, and other entertainments, and such traditions as a recreation of the White House in gingerbread crafted by White House chefs. Photographs also capture special Christmas events at such Washington, D.C., locations as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Mall, and, of course, Washington, D.C.’s many churches. Christmas in America’s Capital captures the spirit of this American holiday as both a sacred religious celebration and a national one.