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G. Harvey

Published by Somerset House Publishing

Light Unto The World
by G. Harvey

The Pageant of Peace and the lighting of our national Christmas tree
have as rich a history and heritage as that of our great country. Beginning
in 1913 during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, this ceremony of
lighting the tree became a tradition. The Christmas tree of 1939 was a live
red cedar from the original estate of George Washington.

This tradition has, in some ways, been a reflection of each generation's hopes,
dreams and ideals. The tree is usually lighted by the President of the
United States, the First Lady or other family member. In 1941, it was lighted
by Sir Winston Churchill with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, while an
anxious nation had its mind on Pearl Harbor and World War II. During
1942, 1943 and 1944, no lights were placed on the tree in observance
of the blackout.
During the Iran hostage situation, President Jimmy Carter lighted only
the treetop star.
On January 20, 1981, following President Ronald Reagan's inauguration and
the release of the hostages, the tree was decorated and lighted only briefly.

The Pageant of Peace and the illuminated tree on the Ellipse, adjacent to the
White House, in Washington, D.C. have become a beacon of hope. G. Harvey's
Light Unto the World is a moving tribute to this holiday celebration.

"Light Unto the World" by G. Harvey.
Depicting The Lighting of The National Christmas Tree
Commissioned by The Christmas Pageant of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Published by Somerset House Publishing


[Bullet] Collector Edition ____22 1/2" x27" * Sold Out From the Publisher
[Bullet] Artist Proof Edition__ 22 1/2" x27" * Sold Out From the Publisher
All prints include the $10 commemorative stamp to benefit The Christmas Pageant of Peace


Collector         22 1/2"x27"     call for pricing
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