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Historic Mondale Christmas tree ornaments on display

There’s some holiday history on display on Columbus Circle.

During her husband Walter’s term as vice president, Joan Mondale — who was such a champion of American arts that she was dubbed Joan of Art — commissioned 40 artists to make ornaments for the Christmas tree in the Vice Presidential Mansion in Washington, DC, we’re told.

The 150 handmade objects — which came from almost every state — hung there for two Christmases before becoming part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).

Now, we hear, they’re part of the holiday display in MAD’s windows on Columbus Circle.

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