Growing Up in the White House

Grand Christmases, elite schools, elegant weddings – see what it means for kids to call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home. By Oliver Jones


Not only does the President's family celebrate the holiday season at the foot of a themed Christmas tree – first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (left, in 1962 with John Jr. and Caroline) started the tradition with the "Nutcracker Suite" – but they also have a chance to make their own memories in the historic home. Says Capricia Marshall, former White House social secretary under Bill Clinton, "[The Obama girls] will love Christmas at the White House with all the twinkling lights and glittery ribbons."