What with the lighted Christmas trees in front of its portals in Washington on Dec. 25, 1931, the White House presented a beautiful, softly illuminated spectacles on Christmas night, and one at once sensed the serenity and joyous festivity of the day that prevailed behind the closed doors, where the grandchildren of President and Mrs. Hoover, Peggy Ann and Herbert, made merry with their toys and gifts. (AP Photo)