Monarch Landing exhibit showcases official White House Christmas ornaments

  • Lois Morgan, a resident of Monarch Landing, is sharing her collection of 40 official White House Christmas ornaments with the Naperville senior living community.

    Lois Morgan, a resident of Monarch Landing, is sharing her collection of 40 official White House Christmas ornaments with the Naperville senior living community. Courtesy of Monarch Landing

 
 
Updated 1/13/2022 7:18 PM

It's an impressive display of an equally remarkable feat -- U.S. presidents, side by side in a nonpartisan, nonpolitical way. A special exhibit at Monarch Landing is showcasing the 40 ornaments of the official White House Christmas ornaments. Lois Morgan, a resident of the senior living community in Naperville, is sharing her complete collection.

The White House Christmas Ornament Collection, launched in 1981, is an educational and fundraising initiative of the White House Historical Association. A new ornament displaying either a president or a White House historical event is introduced each year. Presidents are represented sequentially, so there is no favoritism or partisanship.

 

Monarch Landing has a gallery showcasing themed displays monthly of unique creations and/or belongings of the residents. Lois started purchasing the ornaments in the mid-1990s and inherited earlier ones, making her collection complete.

"The White House is an important symbol of our national heritage," Morgan said. "It is the only residence of a Chief of State in the world that is open to the public without charge and is visited by one and a quarter million people each year."

She designed the display, labeling each item with the name of the president being honored, the date of his years served, and a concise statement telling something specific about him. Morgan said that putting together the gallery was very educational. "It was truly a labor of love for all the residents to enjoy."

Monarch Landing is a Life Plan Community located on a scenic campus in Naperville, Illinois-named "one of America's best places to live and retire" by Modern Maturity, and "the best city for early retirement" by Kiplinger. Monarch Landing offers independent living, promoting a vibrant lifestyle for active seniors. The Springs at Monarch Landing offers memory support, respite care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services, thus providing complete continuing care for seniors. Monarch Landing is owned by Senior Care Development and managed by Life Care Services®. For additional information, visit www.WelcomeToMonarchLanding.com or www.TheSpringsatMonarchLanding.com.

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