Christmas at the White House is a 1972 album with a lengthy subtitle: Burl Ives Sings the Favorite Carols and Hymns of America's Presidents. It purports to be a collection of thirteen presidents' favorite Christmas songs. It has not yet been released on CD.
Some of the selections were apparently based on speculation. For example, John Adams may have favored the rendition of "Joy to the World" by American composer William Billings because the Adamses attended Billings's church in Boston. Other selections were based on authoritative sources, such as presidential writings and direct communication with presidents' families.
The music was conducted by Tony Mottola, who often worked with Ives, and arranged by Mottola and Dick Lieb. The historical introductions to the songs were written by Barbara Holdridge. Ives is both the narrator of the introductions and the performer of the songs. "Christmas on the Sea," favored by Theodore Roosevelt, is an unusual, delightful song, seldom performed today.