Each year a new White House Christmas ornament is designed based on a historical theme. You can order designs from previous years as well to complete your collection. All ornaments are Made in America from solid brass with a 24 kt. gold finish. The proceeds from the sale of these ornaments help support the White House Historical Association’s mission of education, preservation and restoration of the White House. Of the previous White House ornaments, 25 honored presidents starting with George Washington.
About the 2012 Ornament DesignThe 2012 White House Christmas ornament honors President William Howard Taft who introduced the automobile to White House transportation in 1909, breaking a long presidential tradition of reliance on horse-drawn vehicles. The ornament depicts President and Mrs. Taft enroute to deliver Christmas presents. They are seated behind chauffeur George H. Robinson in the White Motor Company's Model M, a seven passenger steam-powered touring car embellished with the Great Seal of the United States on the doors.
Purchasing TipPlease note that third party sellers of the ornaments buy them at a discount rates and sometimes sell them at inflated prices. Single ornaments should cost $19.00 or less and are available online at the White House Historical Association website or at various gift shops in Washington, DC.
Personalized Greeting CardsThe White House Historical Association has partnered with Design Master Associates to offer a personalized greeting card (as shown above) to complement the White House ornament. This partner sells the ornament for the same price as the official organization, plus the small fee for the personalized greeting cards available online at www.TheWhiteHouseOrnament.com
Looking for more Washington themed gift ideas? See my guide to Washington DC Gifts and Souvenirs