The holidays are a special time in our home. Not only do we believe in the holiday spirit… we live it. The season brings out a joy in us that we just cannot help but express.
My husband loves to give and give and give. He’s the first to mention decorations and starts making lists for things to give our children months in advance. The joy we experience as we watch our children enjoy the experience is more than enough for the effort we put into making the holidays perfect.
With my love of cooking and crafting, the holidays gives me the opportunity to try new things and creating things for my family and friends to enjoy.
When I first saw the cover of Christmas with the First ladies I knew it would be right up my alley. The holidays on a White House level? Heck yes! As I started reading this book I started to fall in love with the beauty and history of the way our country celebrates Christmas.
Christmas with the First Ladies
Christmas with the First Ladies allows the reader a look into the behind the scenes work that went into creating Christmas at the White House. With each First Lady came a different way to decorate and celebrate the holiday.
The book takes us through the history of each First Lady’s Christmas experience and what they did to make it their own. From the recipes they used, to the decorations the decided to grace the White House with, to how they celebrated with their family. This book covered everything we’d ever want to know about the White House Christmas.
White House History
As I started reading the book I realized just how interesting our history is. And by taking this sneak peek of how each Christmas was celebrated at the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas, I felt closer in a way to my American heritage.
With each new president comes more history to add to the books. I found it quite interesting how each decade brought on a new perspective to the holiday.
Decorating Tips from the First Ladies
Perhaps my favorite part of the book was flipping through it as soon as I received it and admiring all of the gorgeous decorations.
Seriously… each Christmas tree was out done by the rest and put any decorations I’ve every put together to shame. The sheer massiveness of some of the trees used to decorate the White House were amazing.
My favorite tree, though, would have to be one of the most recent. The 2010 Official White House Blue Room Christmas tree (pictured below) was absolutely stunning.
Not only was it adorned with any different ornaments of all shapes and sizes, but it also came with a touching banner that stated, “Gift of American Spirit.” How fitting!
Holiday Traditions from the White House to Your House
If you’d like to emerse yourself in White House Christmases and be inspired by the holiday traditions of the White House, I highly suggest picking up a copy of Christmas with the First Ladies. You can purchase this book on the Insight Editions website.
You’ll find an amazing array of ideas for crafts, decor, and recipes that are sure to delight any guests. And stay tuned for a special post inspired by one of the First Ladies coming soon! All I can say is that you’ll be licking your lips.
Interested in saving even more this holiday season? How about 50% off your holiday order?
With the code NGLADIES you will receive 50% off this amazing book.
Simply enter this code upon check out on the Insight Editions website and you’ll receive your discount. But hurry! This code is good until December 10th, 2012.
What First Lady would you like to learn more about?
Starting December 10th, the Noise Girls will be hosting a Christmas with the First Ladies Pinterest Contest in celebration of this awesome book!
Stay tuned for more information, inspiration and a chance to win one of 5 copies. And watch for more reviews and posts from fellow Noise Girls. You won’t be disappointed.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Christmas with the First Ladies for review purposes only. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.