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5 Eccentric White House Traditions

The White House has interesting traditions stemming back to the 1800s. We might know of the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter traditions. However, it goes much deeper than that. Here are 5 White House traditions. 

Weird Pets 

You’d see everything from farm animals (pigs, goats, and turkey) to alligators and tiger cubs. It wasn’t just about having a dog or cat in the building.

Tuxedos and Calligraphy

No matter how modern things get, the White House staff always wear tuxedos (even for informal engagements). Also, White House invitations are always written in Calligraphy. 

White House Christmas Tree Theme 

In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy started the tradition of having a theme for the Christmas tree. Since that year, pretty much every Christmas has had its own theme in the White House. 

Big Block of Cheese Day

Apparently, Andrew Jackson was given 1,400 pounds of cheese. While he had given some to staff members, the stench started becoming unbearable. He decided to give most of the cheese away to the public. Barack Obama brought an online edition of this back in 2014 and 2015. 

Teddy’s Christmas Carnival

Teddy didn’t like cutting down trees for the sole purpose of using them for Christmas decorations. Instead, he wanted to create a carnival with games, dancing, souvenirs, and other treats for the kids. 

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