December 07, 2012 at 11:00 AM EST
Photo Gallery: White House Holiday China
In the China Room, a table has been set to illustrate the joy of families sitting down to enjoy a holiday dinner. The dinner plates are from the Truman China set, which was selected by First Lady Bess Truman in 1951 and is the first state china service to feature the Presidential Coat of Arms as redesigned by President Harry Truman in 1945. Following the end of World War II, President Truman issued an Executive Order to standardize the Presidential Seal, and the  Coat of Arms was modified so that the eagle faces to its right, the direction of honor, and also toward the olive branch, a symbol of peace, rather than toward the arrows which represent war. In addition to the Truman China, the table is set with select pieces used by previous Presidents and First Ladies for formal entertaining—including a candlestick dating back to 1791. The other pieces used to decorate the table are the Clinton China service plate, the Johnson China center bowl, the Kennedy glassware, one brass candlestick from the Reagan administration, and some gilded silver candlesticks from the Eisenhower administration. Check out the gallery below to see the selected China pieces set for the 2012 White House Holidays: Click here to see the photo gallery.   See the complete 2012 White House Holidays coverage at WhiteHouse.gov/holidays .    To learn more: The 2012 White House Holiday Card Photo Gallery: First Lady Tribute Ornaments Bo Inspects the 2012 White House Decorations
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