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The White House Christmas tree is a tradition that dates back to 1889.  The very first Christmas tree in the White House was when Benjamin Harrison lived there.  It was displayed in the Oval Room on the second floor.  The Harrison White House Christmas tree was decorated with lit candles.  This very first simple Christmas tree displayed in the White House has transformed into a treasured, national tradition.  The national Christmas tradition didn't take off right away, however.  Not all of the presidential families displayed Christmas trees during the holidays.  The event became official with the 1929 White House Christmas tree.  First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was in charge of the decorations for the Christmas tree in the White House.  Since then, decorating the White House Christmas tree has become an honor bestowed upon the First Ladies.

   The first White House Christmas tree to display electric lights instead of candles was in 1895.  First Lady Frances Cleveland …