The classic Christmas splendor of Gettysburg does not exclusively entail the spirit of the Civil War era. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his family brought their own, more modern classical appeal to the town of Gettysburg when they made their home here. And so started many newer traditions including their own seasonal Christmastime celebrations
Take a trip down memory lane back to the 1950s and experience An Eisenhower Christmas. During their time in Gettysburg, Mamie Eisenhower enjoyed decorating their home and farm for the Christmas holiday. The National Park Service at the Eisenhower National Historic Site has worked to recreate the festive feel of the nostalgic Eisenhower family settings and décor around the holiday season.
The Eisenhower Home is now decked out and ready in traditional Mamie Eisenhower fashion to receive guests. The home officially opens to the visitors tomorrow, Dec. 1 and will remain in the spirit of the season through Dec. 31. Please note, the site will be closed on Christmas Day.
Come out and see Mamie’s elegant touch of style and fashion in this stunning recreation of the Eisenhower home and farm at Christmas time. Authentic recreations of decorations fill the scene complete with mistletoe, wreaths, poinsettias, and all the trimmings. Look on in awe as a brightly lit, candy-cane covered Christmas tree, surrounded by presents, stands in regal illumination in the Eisenhower living room. A glance out onto the Eisenhower’s porch will reveal a life-sized Santa Claus as the kitchen setting presents gifts of sugar cookies and plum pudding, ready and waiting for the arrival of the Eisenhower grandchildren. The dining room is set in preparation of Christmas dinner as the Eisenhower family’s Christmas records play in the background, adding to the holiday cheer.
Throughout the event, the Eisenhower family’s specially designed White House Christmas cards will be exhibited along with Christmas gift prints of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s own paintings. One of the original decorations to be on display during this event will be a handmade Christmas shadow box from the 1950s. To add to the authentic feel and appeal to the Eisenhower holiday experience, there will be Park interpreters on hand to share Eisenhower family recollections of Christmas in Gettysburg.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 110. Access to the home and farm is by bus via the National Park Service. For more information on this event as well as all other events at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, visit www.nps.com/eise.