Last week, we got the chance to take a sneak peek at the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Christmas display, “All Creatures Great and Small.” The exhibit is a replica of the 2002 theme when President Bush was in office. That year, each governor had an artist from their state design an ornament with a bird that represented that state. You can see those creations on the Bush Center’s tree this year.
Not only will you catch the bird ornaments, but you will also see papier-mâché replicas of presidential pets through the ages. That doesn’t just mean the Bushes’ famous pups, Barney and Miss Beazley (Miss Beazley wasn’t even born until 2004) — that means Coolidge’s raccoons, Woodrow Wilson’s sheep, and Teddy Roosevelt’s Shetland pony. Seriously.
Though the display clearly showcases a wide range of animals, there are also mementos from the holidays during the Bush presidency, such as dinner invitations, drafts of speeches, Christmas cards, gifts from the public, and even a brass menorah from a congregation in Philadelphia.
A good time to catch all of this is Friday, Nov. 28. Forget Black Friday crowds — get off the couch and away from the leftovers and check out the exhibit, and catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. From 5 to 8 p.m., he will be accompanied by live music, as well as arts and crafts for the kids. There’s also a free shuttle from Mockingbird Station until 8 p.m., if you’re in too much of a turkey coma to deal with parking.