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2018 White House Easter & Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Easter Egg, 24K Gold Heirloom by Giannini for The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946®, Gift Box
2018 White House Easter Egg and Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Egg from the White House

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2018 White House & Washington D.C.

"Cherry Blossom Blush with Gold"

Stands Alone or Displayed on Your Treee with its Included Gold Cord

Inspired by White House Interior Design Motifs and the Annual Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

The White House Heirloom Easter Egg for 2018 entitled "Cherry Blossom Blush with Gold" is inspired by interior motifs of the White House and the annual Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival. We created unique hues of reds, golds, pinks, whites, and intricate medallion patterns of the White House with etched-out fine portals to allow light to flow within and without redolent of transcendence. Handmade in the USA and finished in elegant 24-karat on heirloom nickel treated brass, the 2018 24-Karat Gold Heirloom with Design concepts by Giannini. Heirloom.

Dimensions: 3" x 2"


The original site of the Easter Monday Egg Roll was the grounds of the United States Capitol. By the mid-1870s, the egg rolling activities on the West Terraces had gained notoriety as the children turned the Capitol grounds into their Easter Monday playground. The first egg rolls, largely family affairs, seem to have been held during the administration of President Andrew Johnson. Youngsters of the President's family dyed eggs on Sunday for the Monday rolling, which the First Lady would watch from the South Portico. The workers and tourists watched in fascination as the children rolled both their hard boiled eggs and themselves down the lush green hills.

The egg roll activity of 1876 took its toll on the grounds, a fact that did not go unnoticed by members of Congress. With an already inadequate budget to complete the landscaping and maintenance of the grounds, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. The law was to be enforced in 1877. But that Easter Monday rain poured down, canceling any outdoor activities sending the egg rollers indoors to play.

On Easter Saturday of 1878, a small announcement in the local press informed the egg rollers the new law would be enforced. President Rutherford B. Hayes, taking his daily walk, was approached by a number of young egg rollers who inquired about the possibilities of egg rolling on the South Lawn of the White House. President Hayes, upon his return to the White House, issued an official order that should any children arrive to egg roll on Easter Monday, they were to be allowed to do so. That Monday, as children were being turned away from the Capitol grounds, word quickly spread to go to the White House!

President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling that Easter Monday. Successive Presidents continued the tradition, and the event has been held on the South Lawn ever since.

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