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By CFIF Staff
Monday, December 21 2020

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Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of White House Christmas traditions.

(Answer key may be found at the bottom)


1. The first White House Christmas party was held in December of 1800 for which one of the following groups?

a. Children of “official” Washington
b. The Washington diplomatic corps
c. White House staff members’ families
d. The U.S. military and their families then stationed in Washington


2. Which one of the following smuggled in and kept a small, decorated Christmas tree in a White House sewing room?

a. Tad Lincoln
b. Archie Roosevelt
c. Amy Carter
d. Caroline Kennedy


3. Which one of the following Presidents replaced the traditional candles on the White House Christmas tree with electric lights?

a. John Adams
b. Abraham Lincoln
c. Grover Cleveland
d. Theodore Roosevelt


4. In which one of the following years did the White House host an elaborate children’s Christmas “frolic” which included an indoor snowball fight with specially made cotton balls? 

a. 1834
b. 1934
c. 2004
d. 2014


5. Who was the first President to have a Christmas tree set up in the upstairs family quarters?

a. John F. Kennedy
b. Benjamin Harrison
c. James Madison
b. Franklin D. Roosevelt


6. During which of the following presidential administrations was the first Christmas tree placed in the Blue Room, a tradition followed to this day?

a. Jimmy Carter
b. John F. Kennedy
c. Howard Taft
d. Franklin Roosevelt


7. Which U.S. President was the first to send out official White House Christmas cards?

a. William McKinley
b. Herbert Hoover
c. Ronald Reagan
d. John Adams


8. In which of the following years did the White House Historical Association begin the tradition of designing an annual White House Christmas ornament?

a. 1901
b. 1960
c. 1976
d. 1981


9. Who is the only U.S. President to have two White House Christmas ornaments issued to commemorate his terms of office?

a. Abraham Lincoln
b. Grover Cleveland
c. Ronald W. Reagan
d. Franklin D. Roosevelt


10. Who was the first President to broadcast a Christmas message?

a. Franklin D. Roosevelt
b. Herbert Hoover
c. Dwight D. Eisenhower
d. Harry S. Truman


11. Which First Lady established the custom of decorating an official tree in the White House?

a. Abigail Adams
b. Dolly Madison
c. Frances Cleveland
d. Lou Henry Hoover


12. Which one of the following administrations used the greatest number of trees to decorate the White House?

a. George W. Bush
b. Bill Clinton
c. Dwight D. Eisenhower
d. Donald Trump

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
from everyone at the Center for Individual Freedom!


Answers:  1(a); 2(b); 3(c); 4(a); 5(b); 6(c); 7(b); 8(d); 9(b); 10(b); 11(d); 12(b)

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