2008 Benjamin Harrison White House Ornament

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"We shall have an old-fashioned Christmas Tree for the grandchildren upstairs, and I shall be their Santa Claus myself."
-President Benjamin Harrison

The 2008 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of President Benjamin Harrison. Serving one term from 1889 to 1893, Harrison was a centennial president inaugurated 100 years after George Washington.

Inspired by the Harrison family's Victorian Christmas tree, this 24-karat gold-finished White House Christmas ornament for 2008 interprets the first recorded tree to decorate the White House. The tree, laden with baubles and garland, is a canvas for all sorts of treats and toys.

Beneath the tree are the presents the Harrison grandchildren received: a toy train and a wooden sled await Benjamin, Mary's rosy-cheeked doll sits on a tricycle, and nearby is Martha wished for dollhouse. A three-foot-high Santa Claus completes the season's spectacle.