Yorba Linda, CA — The Nixon Library’s special holiday presentation features a breathtaking variety of events and programs that bring the magic of a White House Christmas to Southern California. The Library has opened the doors on a magnificent holiday tribute for guests to enjoy through January 8, 2006.
Christmas Around the World, A Festival of Trees, Gifts and Greetings
Christmas Around the World is a magnificent display recalling the varied travels of President and Mrs. Nixon during the Vice Presidency and Presidency. Several nations are represented with gloriously decorated holiday trees from Mexico, Russia, China, Japan, Lithuania, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine, Africa, Sweden, and China.
Ten very special trees commemorate events honoring our Vietnam veterans, the American journey to space, and past Presidents and First Ladies. Nixon Family ornaments grace one of the trees along with other special items sent by ordinary Americans.
The trees create a fabulous display in the Library’s new special exhibit gallery, surrounded by some of the thousands of Christmas cards received by President and Mrs. Nixon at the White House. The colorful selections include holiday wishes from the British Royal Family, Gene Autry, the Dalai Lama, Bob Hope, and other First Families. There is also an early Christmas card that young Congressman and Mrs. Nixon sent to family and friends, as well as a humorous holiday greeting sent out in 1958 by President and Mrs. Eisenhower.
A number of the priceless Gifts-of-State received by President and Mrs. Nixon during their time in Washington are also on display, many for the first time, including:
· Mother of pearl nativity scene, a gift from King Hussein of Jordan, 1969
· Inscribed crystal goblet, a gift from British Prime Minister Edward Heath, 1970
· Gold and silver colored glazed vase, a gift from Japanese State Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, 1970
· Carved marble bookends and a four-volume Chinese translation of a biography of President Nixon, a gift from His Excellency Chiang Ching-Kuo, Premier of the Republic of China, 1970.
· Hebrew-English Bible, bound in traditional 16th century silverwork, a gift from President Katzir of Israel, 1974
· Model of the Volga seagoing Hydrofoil, a gift from USSR General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, 1972
· Sévres porcelain coffee pot, cup and saucer with “RMN” monogram, a personal gift from President Charles DeGaulle of France, 1960
Visitors will be inspired by the spectacular holiday décor throughout the Nixon Library. Beautiful swags, wreaths and poinsettias welcome guests into the Library’s Annenberg Court entrance with the Presidential seal at its center. Outside, red salvia and poinsettias add a touch of the holidays to the beautifully manicured grounds, including the President’s Birthplace. An original 1959 Grandma Moses winter scene, “Busy Winter Day”, a gift of Armand Hammer to Mrs. Nixon, is on display in the Lincoln Sitting Room.
The White House East Room
As the crown jewel of the Library’s 47,000 square foot Katherine B. Loker Center addition, the Nixon Library brings the splendor of the White House East Room to the West Coast. Long described as “America’s grand ballroom,” the magnificent room has been recreated in breathtaking detail, with assistance from White House curators and artisans.
Visitors will enjoy the beauty of evergreen swags draping the impressive fluted columns, and traditional red-satin trimmed wreaths bedecking the massive gold-mirrored fireplaces. As in Washington, each window will be dressed in formal wreath-and-ribbon design, with lemons incorporated as a nod to President Nixon’s father, Frank Nixon, on whose long-ago little citrus farm his son’s Presidential Library was built.
Join family and friends at the Nixon Library on Sunday, December 11 for a special Hanukkah celebration. This free-admission event begins at 5:30 p.m. and features remarks from U.S. Congressman Gary Miller, the Lighting of the Menorah by Rabbi David Eliezrie and traditional music performed by the Temple Beth Tikvah junior choir, the Tarbut V’Torah choir, the Heritage Oak Singers, and Celebration USA.
Free Family Holiday Concerts
The Nixon Library’s annual concert series debuts on Sunday, November 27. The concerts are performed each Sunday, and are free to the public. Doors open at 1:30 and concerts begin at 2:00 p.m.
· November 27 2nd Annual Handel’s “Messiah” Community Sing-Along
· December 4 Kid Singers Holiday Program Presented by Paul McNeff
· December 11 Yorba Linda Senior Chorus Annual Christmas Concert
· December 18 Patrick-Orozco-Green Annual Christmas Concert
Unique Holiday Gifts
The Nixon Library Museum Store, a showcase of Americana and Presidential inspired gifts is decked out for the holidays and offers something for everyone’s holiday gift-giving list. From the impressive 2005 White House Christmas Ornament and autographed bestselling books by historians to elegant White House china collections and a Presidential helicopter play set. Many of the Museum Store’s most popular items are also available online at www.nixonlibrary.org/museumstore.
The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, is open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information about events or exhibits, please call (714) 993-5075 or visit the library online at www.nixonlibrary.org.