White House Christmas Ornament Revealed

This year's features the first tree with electric lights.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's the most wonderful time of the year again, when the White House Historical Association reveals its new White House Christmas ornament to Whispers. This year's a beaut: a colorful, two-sided hanger that features the first tree with electric lights, an innovation of Grover Cleveland's second presidency, 1893-97. Cleveland was a Christmas junkie, jamming the White House with trees and decorations. But he will always be known for being the first to use electric lights—red, white, and blue, of course—on a White House tree. WHHA says the $16.95 ornament is becoming a major collectible and is its top gift-store offering.

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