Christmas in Lincoln White House was low-key affair
December 15, 2022
by Tom Emery
Christmas in the White House in the 1860s was a far cry from the ornate displays of decor familiar
to Americans today. During the Lincoln administration, the holiday was celebrated in low-key fashion.
Celebrations of Christmas in those years were far less prevalent than today, and the White House was no exception. The first indoor Christmas tree at the White House did not appear until 1889, and the first outdoor tree lighting was not held until 1923. For President Lincoln, December 25 was often a working day.
Those who did celebrate Christmas in the era often viewed the day as...