Did you know…?
…the Jewish festival of lights, Hannukah, begins on Sunday December 6 and finishes on Monday December 14. You can see pictures from past Hannukah celebrations at the White House, here:
- What is the name of the period leading up to Christmas?
- How many turtle doves are mentioned in the famous song The Twelve Days of Christmas?
- When does Winter officially begin?
World Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed every year across the world on December 10. It marks the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
“U.S. international human rights policy is guided by the principles enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights: that all people are ‘born free and equal in dignity and rights’ and the fact that nations that embrace these values for their citizens are ultimately more successful than those that do not”
The United States works to ensure that human rights are upheld around the world. These rights include freedom of speech and worship, equality and democracy and the right to fair justice. These rights are important to the development of a country. Most nations have international agreements that cover these basic human rights.
White House Christmas 2015
The White House Christmas theme for 2015 is ‘A Timeless Tradition’. Decorations around the house hope to inspire visitors to celebrate older traditions whilst creating new memories.
The decorations around the White House will also honor the troops and their families.
The East Wing of the White House features a tree with hanging gold star ornaments, paying tribute to the heroes who have passed away whilst protecting our country. The East Landing will commemorate the brave Armed Forces personnel currently serving our country and visitors are invited to send a message of thanks to our troops serving overseas and in the U.S.
In the Blue Room, that overlooks the South Lawn and Washington Monument, is the official White House Christmas tree. This year’s tree is from Bustard’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania — it is just over 18 feet tall! It holds many ornaments containing holiday messages for our troops in America’s colors of red, white, and blue.
Each of the 56 states and territories of the U.S. are acknowledged with individual snowflakes hanging from the ceiling in the East Colonnade. Last year, Mrs Obama asked local public school children in Washington. D.C., to share their dreams for the future on these snowflakes – this tradition continues this year.
A nativity scene, made in Naples, Italy, in the 18th Century, can be found in the White House crèche. It has been displayed in this room for more than 45 years and by nine administrations.
Quick trivia answers: a) Advent; b) Two; c) December 21
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