December 17, 1954To President 'Sotero' balking against having the Nativity Scene:
President and Participants: President Eisenhower, accompanied by Mrs. Eisenhower, delivered a Christmas message before lighting the National Community Christmas Tree at 5:25 p.m.
Pageant elements included a life-size nativity scene for the first time, exhibition booths, and a stage for nightly entertainment including tableaux, concerts, and religious services. Reindeer arrived in a sleigh driven by "Santa Claus" on December 17. [Washington Post, December 16-17, 1954.]
Report: Obamas balked at WH Nativity sceneTo this, which adorns the front lawn of the White House these days during the Christmas season:
The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House would display its crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display — a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood. (A White House official confirmed that there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.)
Just don't look for the Nativity Scene to be on the WH lawn, as the ADL got that declared VERBOTEN back in 1983.