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Eisenhower at FHE

“Just four days before Christmas in 1954,” recalled Ezra Taft Benson, “our family had a special opportunity. President Eisenhower knew our custom of having a family hour one night during the week, and he expressed a wish to see how it was done. President and Mrs. Eisenhower and our family gathered that evening in the home of [J. Willard] and [Alice] Marriott for an evening of holiday fun and entertainment. Our sons performed comic skits and other readings, the girls sang, Flora recited a reading, and I did my part by leading the whole group in singing . . . It was plain, old-fashioned, homespun entertainment. The President and his party participated and seemed to enjoy it all. For our part, we were delighted with the opportunity to share an evening with the President.”

Ezra Taft Benson, President Ezra Taft Benson Remembers the Joys of Christmas (1988), 9