THE PRESIDENCY: Joys of the Season

White House mail piled higher & higher. The larder bulged with Christmas gifts of plum pudding, wild turkey, venison, duck, pheasant and guinea hen. Tinseled wreaths filled the White House windows with color. Outside, the national Christmas tree towered over the frozen south lawn.

Despite all this, and more holiday wonders to come, Bess Truman and daughter Mary Margaret had already left Washington for home in Independence, Mo. Harry Truman, too, would fly there on the morning of the 25th, after lighting the tree and addressing the nation by radio on Christmas...

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