Wednesday, December 19, 2012

White House Holiday TV Special Connects Americans to White House Life

"A White House Christmas: First Families Remember" Airs on NBC Tomorrow and Friday

Holiday Special Will Feature Former First Ladies and Their Children

Watch with Your Kids and Learn About
Christmas Traditions Past and Present
in the White House
NBC celebrates the holidays with unprecedented access to the most famous home in America in “A White House Christmas: First Families Remember,” on Thursday, December 20 (8-9 p.m. ET). An encore presentation of the special will air Friday, December 21 (9-10 p.m. ET).
Hosted by multiple Emmy Award winner Meredith Vieira, the special takes a look at Christmases past and present with 10 presidential families over the last 50 years, featuring interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter. Several First Children also share their holiday memories, including Barbara Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Chelsea Clinton, Dorothy Bush Koch, Michael Reagan, Amy Carter, Susan Ford Bales, Tricia Nixon Cox, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.

Before Mrs. Obama announced this year’s holiday theme, “Joy to All,” Vieira went behind the scenes with staff and volunteers to find out what it takes to prepare for the 2012 holiday season and thousands of visitors each day. The plans include the decoration of over 50 trees inside the White House, and helping the White House pastry kitchen to unveil their elaborate gingerbread house creations.

“Christmas at the White House is much more than adding lights to a tree,” said host Vieira. “Long-standing traditions are revived each year to pay tribute to seasons past, and messages of joy and hope encourage everyone, regardless of party or position, to share with family and friends all the blessings of the season.” 

For more information on “A White House Christmas: First Families Remember,” please visit’s “Movies & Specials” site.

You can read about President Carter's holiday experiences in his piece "From Christmas in Plains: Memories" in the NCBLA's anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. And be sure to share more White House Christmas stories with the young people in your life from

"Our National Christmas Tree" by Cheli Mennella

"Grand Champions of the White House" by Renee Critcher Lyons

May your family's holiday season be filled with stories!