December 8
December 8

December eighth, first Christmas Tree in the White House Blue Room (1912). From the New York Times, December 26, 1912: "With the President and Mrs. Taft at Panama, their son and daughter established a new precedent at the White House in the way of a Christmas party to-night. A large and gracefully proportioned fir tree had been put in place in the Blue Room, which in all White House History has never before known a decoration of this kind." President William Howard Taft was a dedicated Unitarian. In 1912, Taft’s daughter Helen arranged to have a Christmas tree in the White House Blue Room (the first of what has since become a tradition). Helen got her masters in history and at 26 was made a Dean, and soon after President, of Bryn Mawr College. 

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  • Ralph is one of the creators of the Montessori-inspired curriculum Spirit Play, which is used by hundreds of UU churches across the us and canada. As an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister of Religious Education, Ralph led what had been one of the largest children and youth...

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