Bushes celebrate their first Christmas without George H.W. Bush with a touching family portrait

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 26, 2018
09:42 A.M.

On Monday, Jenna Bush Hager shared an image of her family celebrating Christmas. This was the first festive holiday that the Bush family had without two important people.


In April they lost former first lady Barbara Bush and last month former President George H.W. Bush.

Jenna Bush Hager, 37, captioned her family photo with the words, “Merry Christmas from the Family!” In the image, she was seen smiling alongside her daughters Margaret, 5, and Poppy Louise, 3.

Her husband and the children’s father Henry Chase Hager, 40, was also in the shot. Included in the family photo were Jenna’s twin sister Barbara Bush and her new husband Craig Coyne.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Barbara married Coyne in October in an intimate secret wedding which the 41st president managed to attend.


Former President George W. Bush was also present with his wife of 41 years, former first lady Laura Bush. The Bush’s lost George H.W. Bush, 94, on November 30 and Barbara Bush, 92, on April 17.


The “Today” show host also posted an Instagram story of her two daughters sitting in front of the fireplace on the same day. The little girls wore matching pink nightgowns.


Behind them, Christmas stockings could be seen lined-up by the chimney. Each stocking had a family member’s name on it.


In the Instagram story, the eldest girl jumps up and says: “Merry Christmas and all a good night!” When the 41st president passed away, the Bush family released a statement confirming the news.

The statement read:

“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings.”


George Sr. was also a father to son Jeb, Marvin, Neil, and daughter Dorothy. He also had another daughter, Pauline Robinson, who died of Leukemia as a child.

In 2016, George Sr. and his wife shared their 1966 family Christmas card. The card featured vintage photos of their five children.

The message inside the card read:

“With every joy, the Bushes again extend their wishes for a very merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.”

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