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   White House tour omits rare 1963 Christmas card

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12/22/2007 9:00 pm

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Reuters

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Entered 12/22/2007, Updated 12/22/2007

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One of the stops on this year's popular White House tour of holiday decorations is the collection of Christmas cards from previous presidents and first ladies. But noticeably missing is the card from 1963. The White House has a copy of it but first lady Laura Bush's office said the 1963 card was not included because it was never sent. It is the rarest and most tragic of the presidential cards because it was not sent out after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas that November 22. Boxes of the 1963 card featured a color photo of a nativity scene in the East Room of the White House. It was the first time a religious image was put on a White House Christmas card. Fewer than 30 of the cards actually were signed by the president and Mrs. Kennedy before they left for Dallas. They are the most rare pieces of presidential Christmas memorabilia today. The White House said it does not have a copy of Johnson's 1963 card: a very simple white card with the presidential seal on the cover and a thin red strip on the bottom was quickly printed for the new Johnson administration. They were mailed to foreign ministers, heads of governments and the top ranking officials who attended Kennedy's funeral.


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