“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” – Calvin Coolidge Presidential message, December 25, 1927
Christmas 1923 was the first Christmas that the White House displayed a National Community Christmas Tree. President Coolidge was also given a button that turned on the 2,500 green, red and white electric lights.