History Nuggets: First Christmas Cards, First Christmas Party in the White House and a nose bitten off?!

The second President of the United States, John Adams, held the first ever White House Christmas party in honor of his granddaughter, Susanna. History could also say that Adams invitations sent for this party were the very first White House Christmas cards from the Peoples’ House.

First Lady Abigail Adams, planned a successful party complete with dinner, cakes and punch, with a  small orchestra that played festive music in a grand ballroom adorned with seasonal flora.  When one of the younger guests accidentally broke one of the First granddaughter’s new doll dishes, granddaughter Adams enraged, promptly bit the nose off of one of the offending friend’s dolls. An amused Adams stepped in to make sure the incident didn’t take an even uglier turn.  Seems a president’s job is never done.

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History Tidbits: Fireworks and the second President of the United States

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks?  Well, a big thank you to John Adams who envisioned this glorious day being commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Let freedom ring.