Theodore Roosevelt loved Christmas and all of its traditions. Well, most of them!! Legend has it that one tradition he did not like was cutting down live trees and decorating them with Christmas ornaments. And he refuesed to have a Christmas tree in the White House.
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.