The White House is arguably this country's most historic home, and each holiday season it falls to the First Lady to put a festive face on not just the family that lives there but the nation that the First Family represents.
Coleen Christian Burke fell in love with that notion, and she left her career in television to follow her passion for decorating. In December 2008, Burke was invited by First Lady Laura Bush to be part of the White House decorating team, and while at first overwhelmed by the grandeur and historical significance of the task, she became more and more intrigued by the families that inhabited those hallowed halls.
Burke went from decorator to historian, and in her book "Christmas With the First Ladies," she captures the White House decorating tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama, inviting the reader into a time of year when each First Family was a family first.
For more on Burke and "Christmas With the First Ladies," visit www.coleenchristianburke.com.