2009 Grover Cleveland Ornament
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The 2009 Ornament is the second ornament honoring the administration of President Grover Cleveland, who served as the 22nd president of the United States from 1885-1889 and the 24th President from 1893-1897. Benjamin Harrison defeated him in the middle of his terms.
In 1894 the Clevelandís were the first in the White House to celebrate Christmas with rare electric lights on their tree. One hundred multi-colored lights replaced candles for the first time. This ornament illustrates the special place of the Christmas tree in the holiday celebrations of President Clevelandís young family. The central hologram depicts the south facade of the White House after an evening snowfall. The warm glow of the first Christmas tree to be illuminated by electric lights is seen through the tall windows of the second floor Oval Room beyond the center of the columned portico. This softly colored view is based on a modern watercolor rendition by Margaret Huddy, a Washington, D.C.-based painter. The reverse side of the ornament recreates a scene from the tree-trimming parties of President and Mrs. Cleveland, which were held annually for their children and those of cabinet members. The words of a period newspaper report help to describe the presidentís delight in preparing Christmas day for his young family. A finely crafted gold plated wreath of snowflakes, painted ice blue and white, frames the oval ornament.
This wonderful ornament comes with booklet describing the ornament and Cleveland's second term. It is gift-boxed in delicate blue featuring the South Portico of the White House.
br>Grover Cleveland is the only president to have two different ornaments created uniquely for his administration, one in 2007 and the other in 2009.
- Dimensions: 3" x 3"
- Made In: United States