First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, loved the color pink and had the first pink Christmas tree in the White House. In 1958 she had 27 trees throughout the house. She also wrapped all the gifts herself. President Eisenhower was an avid golfer. His sport is represented by bronze statues of golfers on top of a cabinet.
As we move to the breakfast nook we see an inviting tea and cookies set on the table near the radio. Are there good news? What are the headlines?
The East Liverpool newspaper on the table says "Britain Intervenes - Yanks Blast Japs In Town After Taking Shuri Castle." So we are back in May 1945 when the US battleship USS Mississippi began shelling Shuri Castle in Okinawa and then burnt it down. "Rebel Company A" of the 5th Marine Regiment even hoisted a Confederate Battle Ship Flag on the castle site as they said it was the only flag available. It stayed there for 3 days until removed. Below is a photo of Shuri Castle taken in 1925 and another photo of the rebuilt castle after the war. (courtesy Wikipedia Commons.)
Now we are going downstairs to the kitchen and first we take a look at the cellar.
In 1961 she initiated the idea of having a theme for the official Christmas tree at the White House. In 1962 the theme was "The Children's Tree"