Happy Holidays from the White House: See 91 years of presidents’ Christmas cards, from Trump to JFK to Coolidge

The Trump's official 2018 Christmas portrait.

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The Trump’s official 2018 Christmas portrait.
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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
  • The first family sends staff and supporters a holiday card every year.
  • The White House’s annual tradition dates back to 1927.
  • President Donald Trump’s two cards are very similar, both wishing people a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” His 2019 version should be released in December.
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While it may be less common these days to send a holiday greeting via snail mail these days, the White House hasn’t let go of its 91-year tradition.

Starting with Calvin Coolidge in 1927, each sitting US president has wished their staff and supporters a happy holiday. Each card is unique, and recipients change from year to year.

With the help of the White House Historical Association, we’ve pulled together 66 White House holiday cards from the past eight decades. Happy holidays!


Donald Trump, 2018


Donald Trump, 2017


Barack Obama, 2013

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The White House

Barack Obama, 2012

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The White House

Barack Obama, 2011

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The White House

Barack Obama, 2009

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The White House

George W. Bush, 2008

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White House Historical Association

George W. Bush, 2003

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White House Historical Association

George W. Bush, 2001

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 2000

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1999

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1998

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1997

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1996

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1995

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1994

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White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1993

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White House Historical Association

George H. W. Bush, 1992

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White House Historical Association

George H. W. Bush, 1991

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White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1988

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White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1987

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White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1986

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White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1985

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White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1984

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White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Ronald Reagan, 1983

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White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1982

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White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1981

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White House Historical Association

Jimmy Carter, 1979

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White House Historical Association

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White House Historical Association

Gerald Ford, 1976

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White House Historical Association

Gerald Ford, 1975

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White House Historical Association

Gerald Ford, 1974

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White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1973

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White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1972

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White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1971

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White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1970

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White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1969

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National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968

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National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1967

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White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966

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National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965

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National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964

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National Archives and Records Administration

John F. Kennedy, 1963

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Collection of Nelson Pierce

John F. Kennedy, 1962

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White House Collection

John F. Kennedy, 1961

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White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959

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Hallmark Cards

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957

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Hallmark Cards

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1956

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Hallmark Cards

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954

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Hallmark Cards

Harry S. Truman, 1952

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Harry S. Truman Library

Harry S. Truman, 1951

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Harry S. Truman Library

Harry S. Truman, 1950

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Harry S. Truman Library WHCards

Harry S. Truman, 1946

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Harry S. Truman Library

Harry S. Truman, 1945

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Harry S. Truman Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1944

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1943

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1942

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White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Franklin Roosevelt, 1941

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1937

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1936

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1935

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1934

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1933

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Herbert Hoover, 1932

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Herbert Hoover Library

Herbert Hoover, 1929

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National Archives and Records Administration

Calvin Coolidge, 1927

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The White House