White House Christmas Ornament Features Marine Band

Nineteenth-century Christmas music gets top billing this year.


By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Nineteenth-century Christmas music from the United States Marine Band gets top billing on this year's White House Historical Association Christmas ornament. Going on sale this month, the popular ornament features, on one side, an image of the band playing in the snow outside William McKinley's White House.

On the other side, the band is shown inside, in the East Room. The dual images make the ornament uniquely reversible. Before he was assassinated in 1901, McKinley would host East Room concerts featuring the Marine Corps band.

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