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

Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksThe Trump’s official 2018 Christmas portrait.
  • 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.”

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

The White House

Barack Obama, 2012

The White House

Barack Obama, 2011

The White House

Barack Obama, 2009

The White House

George W. Bush, 2008

White House Historical Association

George W. Bush, 2003

White House Historical Association

George W. Bush, 2001

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 2000

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1999

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1998

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1997

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1996

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1995

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1994

White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton, 1993

White House Historical Association

George H. W. Bush, 1992

White House Historical Association

George H. W. Bush, 1991

White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1988

White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1987

White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1986

White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1985

White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1984

White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Ronald Reagan, 1983

White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1982

White House Historical Association

Ronald Reagan, 1981

White House Historical Association

Jimmy Carter, 1979

White House Historical Association

White House Historical Association

Gerald Ford, 1976

White House Historical Association

Gerald Ford, 1975

White House Historical Association

Gerald Ford, 1974

White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1973

White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1972

White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1971

White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1970

White House Historical Association

Richard Nixon, 1969

National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968

National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1967

White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966

National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965

National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964

National Archives and Records Administration

John F. Kennedy, 1963

Collection of Nelson Pierce

John F. Kennedy, 1962

White House Collection

John F. Kennedy, 1961

White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959

Hallmark Cards

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957

Hallmark Cards

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1956

Hallmark Cards

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954

Hallmark Cards

Harry S. Truman, 1952

Harry S. Truman Library

Harry S. Truman, 1951

Harry S. Truman Library

Harry S. Truman, 1950

Harry S. Truman Library WHCards

Harry S. Truman, 1946

Harry S. Truman Library

Harry S. Truman, 1945

Harry S. Truman Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1944

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1943

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1942

White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Franklin Roosevelt, 1941

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1937

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1936

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1935

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1934

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin Roosevelt, 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Herbert Hoover, 1932

Herbert Hoover Library

Herbert Hoover, 1929

National Archives and Records Administration

Calvin Coolidge, 1927

The White House

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