Of course, we think the best way to learn about White House history is to take a Pickle Pea Walk. In Washington, DC. But, we do realize there are other, very delightful ways to get a look-see into life and work at the White House. And in our research for the walks, we have discovered some very good reads that help with this endeavor and are also great fun. Here are a few of these.
The White House has been the official residence of all US presidents since John Adams, our second president, and First Lady, Abigail Adams, moved into the house in November of 1800. But the White House actually belongs to the people of the United States. It’s often been called the People’s House. It’s a place for the nation to meet and celebrate joyous national occasions, share in times of mourning, honor heroes and showcase some incredible national talent.
Besides being an important office, the White House is also a home and many American homes have pets. So, of course, First Families since 1800 have had their own pets. Everyone loves being worshiped enthusiastically and unconditionally and many pets do just this! Presidents and their families keep pets for the same reason anyone else does – they love them.
What you say? How? When? Why? Really?
Yes, really! There is disagreement about which president displayed the first White House Christmas tree. But, by all reports, it was Jackie Kennedy who established the tradition of displaying a themed Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House (Christmas 1961). Since then at the beginning of each Christmas season the White House receives a beautiful, perfect tree to be decorated and proudly stand in the Blue Room as the official White House Christmas Tree.
From the beginning the White House has been pretty open to animals. Perhaps this is because our early presidents were farmers and they had depended on and cared for animals. Many early presidents brought their own animals or pets to the White House. So animals and pets have always been welcomed at the White House.