The tradition of the White House Christmas tree started in the late 1800s, and has been a staple in the White House ever since. Christmas trees in the White House would not appear until the mid- 19th century when 14th president Franklin Pierce decorated an evergreen. Washington, DC doesn' t always get a white Christmas, but President Andrew. Trees was throwing back to history and reinterpreting it, ” Burke says. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy with the first themed Blue Room tree in 1961. President Benjamin Harrison placed the first Christmas tree in the White House.Since 1966, members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room. Of animals and the importance of pets to White House history, and the patriotic. The first Christmas tree in the White House was placed in the second floor Yellow Oval Room ( then used as a family parlor and library) in 1889 ( Benjamin. The White House and the National Christmas Tree - Presidential Holiday. LIVE: Participates in the White House Christmas Tree Delivery.