THE EAST ROOM
A highlight of your view into the beautifully-appointed
East Room isthe traditional White House creche. It was made in Naples, Italy
in the late 18th century. Its 47carved wood and terra cotta figures are exquisite
examples of Old World craftsmanship. Thecreche was a gift to the White House
and the American People from Mrs. Charles Engelhard, Jr.of Far Hills, New Jersey,
and has been displayed each year since 1967 as part of the holidaycelebrations.
Six grand trees, one on either side of the creche, one
at each window, and two flanking theentrance, add majesty to the East Room.
The trees are adorned withgold glitter balls and burgundy ribbons. If you hear
music in the air, it is because musical groupsfrom across the country come each
year to add to the holiday festivity.