The keepsake pays tribute to the 36th President Lyndon B. Johnson.
If you're someone who likes to do their Christmas shopping early, then you're in luck. The White House Historical Association revealed their official Christmas ornament for 2021, and it's a real beauty that will look great on or under the tree!
This year's collectible is inspired by the 36th President Lyndon Baines Johnson. It features a painting of the Blue Room's 1967 Christmas Tree, with a powerful quote on the back from Johnson during his famous "We Shall Overcome" speech delivered to Congress in 1965, advocating for the voting rights of Black Americans.
"Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man," he said.
The ornament is bordered with bluebonnets, a reference to Texas' state flower and First Lady Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson. The painting was done at the request of the First Lady for their Christmas card that year by American Greetings artist Robert H. Laessig.
Johnson became president on November 23, 1963, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. While in office, he signed significant bills abolishing segregation and discrimination against Black Americans, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. He also established the "Great Society" initiative addressing inequalities through social programs.
Johnson's two daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson spoke positively of the collectible as a token befitting of their father's legacy.
“The quote that the [WHHA] has on the back of the Christmas Ornament does reflect what he felt that his mission was, at once the oldest and the most basic of this country,” Lynda Johnson Robb said in a statement.
Ornaments cost $24.95 each and are made in the U.S. by a veteran-founded company located in Rhode Island. Proceeds benefit the WHHA's goal "to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the rich history of America’s Executive Mansion," which the non-profit has served since 1961. Even though we won't be trimming the tree for another eight months, it never hurts to get a head start, and these are sure to be a keepsake for years to come. You can purchase yours here.
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