A Merry Coolidge Christmas

Here’s wishing all readers, regular or accidental, of this humble blog a very merry Christmas, and an auspicious start into what I hope will be a happy and prosperous year for all. It’s been fun doing my bit in spreading the message of Calvin Coolidge this past year, and I fully expect 2013 to be another banner year for the reputation and recognition of the 30th president – who knows, maybe one of the new books on Coolidge may turn out to be a sleeper best seller (I know all of us will do our part to ensure that happens).

For what will very likely by my final Coolidge blog post of 2012, I’ve dug deep in the Library of Congress files to come up with a picture showing then-Vice President Calvin Coolidge with a group of White House pages who seem to be clamoring for a share of the food platters.¬†The picture is dated 12/27/1922¬†although it doesn’t really look all that wintery and Coolidge is only wearing his suit – and look, he’s actually smiling!

Calvin Coolidge as VP with WH pages

A Coolidge Christmas

Wishing all readers of this blog a Merry Christmas and a good start into what I hope will be a happy, healthy and successful New Year 2011 for one and all, I’m reposting a quotation from Calvin Coolidge’s Christmas card of 1927 (I don’t even know whether this is the text in its entirety or just a quote from it, but maybe someone will enlighten me):

“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”

And here’s a low-quality picture from the Library of Congress Digital Collection of Coolidge in front of the national community Christmas tree at the time of his first Christmas as president, in 1923:

President Coolidge, Christmas 1923, White House in background