Members of NH military families worked with the Currier Museum of Art created ornaments for New Hampshire’s tree. The tree is part of the 2016 National Christmas Tree display at President’s Park outside the White House in Washington, D.C. New Hampshire’s ornaments are reminders of the state’s natural beauty in the spring and uses our state’s flower the lilac and the birch tree. Children and spouses of military members and two adults currently serving, made the ornaments.
New Hampshire’s tree is one of 56 trees – representing each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia that surround the National Christmas Tree.
In 1856, New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce, fourteenth president of the United States, became the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit the tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse. Since then, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition.