Once you see it, it’s all you can see. The White House Christmas decorations. They’re exquisite, they’re certainly plentiful, and they don’t show one reference to Jesus. Not one.
How, you ask, is it possible to have dozens of Christmas trees, and probably thousands of total ornaments and decorations, and not have a single reference to Jesus Christ?
According to www.whitehousehistory.org, “In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree. She decorated a tree placed in the oval Blue Room with ornamental toys, birds and angels modeled after Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” ballet.”
In the 1967 an antique, 44-piece nativity scene, which had been made in Naples, Italy, in the late 18th century, was donated to the White House by Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard Jr., of Far Hills, New Jersey. The Baroque figures in the crčche, which are made of carved wood and terra cotta, were placed, during Christmas, in the East Room. This tradition continued, unquestioned, for more than 45 years, spanning 9 administrations.
But then came the Obamas. A 2009 article on www.ncregister.com explains that, that year, the Obamas had been considering having a “non religious” Christmas. This shocked many people, including some of the former White House social secretaries who had, of course, been quite used to religion being part of this important religious holiday.
One of the Obamas’ most shocking proposed changes was their desire to omit the traditional crèche scene from the White House. Why would they even want to omit such a cherished Christmas tradition?
Well, you think that was bad? Just wait. Fast forward to 2015 when Barak Obama out-and-out banned religious displays on Federal property. As explained in an article from that year, which is posted on www.tdtalliance.com, “President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating against the Muslim community by erecting ‘offensive religious displays’ on Federal Property including nativity manger scenes.” Wow. What? Unbelievable! An executive order barring “offensive” religious displays, such as the nativity manger scene? How on earth can that beautiful, sacred scene be considered offensive to anyone?
And so it stands. Decorations everywhere in the White House, but what’s the point? Christmas without Christ? An executive order banning religious displays?
The faster the Obamas get out of the White House the better. Thankfully, we certainly won’t have to worry about the Trumps trying to take Christ out of the holiday that is all about his birth.