My golden dog sled is ready to take me to the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the South Lawn (the backyard) of the White House on Thursday, December 1. But wait, how did this 94-year-old tradition get its start?
When our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, along with his family, celebrated their first Christmas in the White House…they decided to have a tree for all of the people. So, on December 24, 1923, the first official National Outdoor Christmas Tree was lite.
This event has evolved into a huge televised celebration with entertainment and something for every peep that continues throughout the holiday season. For instance, The National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 25, 2016, 4 p.m.
I’ll close with some words to the wise. Trees inside can blow a dog’s mind… we become challenged to maintain our cool with the tree and decorations and all…so think about how to help us do the right thing...help us avoid watching the sad clean ups and pet shame…we want a happy and calm time. I’m just saying…Here comes the season to be jolly (and wise about the four legs in your home.)
P.S. For you cats out there…maybe this will help ya’ll stay off the tree and on the floor. Good luck with that.