Q: Who established the custom of decorating an official tree in the White House.

A: Although the first White House Christmas tree was decorated in 1889 by President Benjamin Harrison and his family, it was First Lady Lou Henry Hoover who established the custom of decorating an official tree in the White House in 1929, according to www.whitehousehistory.com. Since that time, the honor of trimming the Christmas tree on the state floor has belonged to first ladies. The tree stands in the oval Blue Room, an elegant space honored as the center of holiday splendor. In 1961 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree.

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