It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the White House during
this holiday season.
remember with joy the look in Chelsea's wide eyes when as a small child
she would wake up on Christmas morning and with not a small amount of
frenzy, rush to the tree to open her presents. When viewed through a child's
eyes, the holidays are their most special. That is why we have chosen
"Santa's Workshop" as this year's decorative theme to represent the hopes
and dreams of the next generation.
As you make your way through each of these magnificent rooms, you will
see hundreds of handmade ornaments and decorations that we hope will
bring back memories, or stir in you a childlike anticipation of the
season. The ornaments have been created by some of the world's most
famous fashion designers from the Council of Fashion Designers of America,
glass artists from across the country, and needlepoint artists from
the National Needlework Association. Please take your time to look at
them closely and enjoy the best of American craftsmanship and creativity.
Through a child's eyes, the holidays are a time of wonder, promise
and hope. As we approach a new millennium, let them also remind us of
our blessings as a nation and our ability to realize the dreams of every
one of our nation's children. May you and yours have a blessed holiday
season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.