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Henrietta Nesbitt

  • [On Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt:] When Christmas came, all the five-ring-circus excitement of the past year seemed to gather to a point in the White House and explode in a lather of tinsel stars. ... I never knew people that loved Christmas the way the Roosevelts did. And to think I'd survive a round dozen more with the Roosevelts, getting more exciting, and sweeping in wider circles — year after year! Even toward the last, Christmas was risen to, like a hymn ...

  • December found me still up to my ears in fruitcake. The process from chopping to packing is all joy to me, and part of Christmas. ... I defy any woman to chop up fruits like these, all pungent and sugary, and keep up any personal brooding.

Henrietta Nesbitt, U.S. White House housekeeper

(1874 - 1963)