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A historic Christmas

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Benjamin Harrison...upstaging that Obama guy yet again.

An ad for the “2008 White House Christmas Ornament” exhorts readers to “Decorate Your Tree with History.”  This year, clearly, is of particular historic significance at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Since 1981, a collectable ornament has been designed to celebrate White House events.  This year’s ornament commemorates the presidency of Benjamin Harrison and the first documented Christmas tree to decorate the White House.

So in a year in which Americans have elected the first black president in our country’s history, “decorating with history” entails celebrating the 120th anniversary of the apparently Christmas tree-adorned presidency of Benjamin Harrison?

(image from flickr user Seeker65 under a Creative Commons license)

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November 24, 2008 - Posted by | History, U.S. politics | ,

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