Jenna Bush Hager reveals needlepoint stockings her grandmother Barbara made for her children

Jenna Bush Hager reveals needlepoint stockings her grandmother Barbara made for her children – as she opens up about her family’s tradition of eating Mexican food on Christmas Eve

  • Bush Hager, 41, shared what makes Christmas special for her and her loved ones during Today All Day’s new streaming special ‘Holidays in My House’
  • The born and bred Texan explained that they always have Mexican food on Christmas Eve, including tamales, enchiladas, and guacamole 
  • Bush Hager recalled the first Christmas her husband Henry Hager spent with her family, saying he was like, ‘Wait, where’s the ham?’
  • She also detailed how her late grandmother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, needlepointed all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s stockings 
  • The mother of three showed off her children’s stockings during the special, saying her daughter Poppy’s features her namesake flower 
  • Barbara died over a year before Bush Hager’s son Hal was born in 2019, but to her surprise, he also received a stocking from her for his first Christmas
  • Bush Hager said her grandmother needlepointed as many stockings as she could before her death, so all of her future great-grandchildren would have one

Jenna Bush Hager has revealed the stockings her late grandmother Barbara Bush needlepointed for her three children while opening up about her family’s holiday traditions. 

The 41-year-old daughter of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush shared what makes Christmas special for her and her loved ones during Today All Day’s new streaming special ‘Holidays in My House.’

‘The main tradition that we have over Christmas is Mexican food on Christmas Eve, Tex-Mex. So it’s tamales and enchiladas [and] guacamole,’ The Today star explained. ‘The first year that my husband [Henry Hager] spent Christmas with my family he was like, “Wait, where’s the ham?”‘

Jenna Bush Hager, 41, shared what makes Christmas special for her and her loved ones during Today All Day's new streaming special 'Holidays in My House'

Jenna Bush Hager, 41, shared what makes Christmas special for her and her loved ones during Today All Day’s new streaming special ‘Holidays in My House’

The Today host revealed the needlepoint stockings her late grandmother Barbara Bush made of her children, recalling how her nine-year-old daughter Mila requested a cat

The Today host revealed the needlepoint stockings her late grandmother Barbara Bush made of her children, recalling how her nine-year-old daughter Mila requested a cat 

When she pulled out her daughter Poppy's stocking, she noted that it has her namesake flower

When she pulled out her daughter Poppy’s stocking, she noted that it has her namesake flower

‘He couldn’t believe that that was the way we celebrated,’ she recalled. ‘But it’s just such a beautiful tradition and one that we love to celebrate.’

Bush Hager, who has been vocal about her love for queso over the years, noted that her daughters Mila, nine, and Poppy, seven, are ‘all in’ when it comes to eating Tex-Mex on Christmas Eve. 

The former first daughter also reflected on what it was like spending Christmas in Texas as a child, saying their holidays were ‘really fun.’ 

‘We were always with my mom’s parents, Jenna and Herald Welch,’ she said. ‘We were in West Texas, which gets pretty warm. It’s the desert, so there wasn’t much snow. Although it did snow one year, and we couldn’t believe it.’ 

Bush Hager (pictured with her grandmother Barbara and twin sister Barbara) also has a needlepoint stocking from the former first lady

Bush Hager (pictured with her grandmother Barbara and twin sister Barbara) also has a needlepoint stocking from the former first lady 

The former first lady died over a year before Bush Hager's son Hal was born in 2019, but to her surprise, he also received a stocking from her for his first Christmas (pictured)

The former first lady died over a year before Bush Hager’s son Hal was born in 2019, but to her surprise, he also received a stocking from her for his first Christmas (pictured)

Bush Hager said her grandmother needlepointed as many stockings as she could before her death to ensure all of her future great-grandchildren would have one

Bush Hager said her grandmother needlepointed as many stockings as she could before her death to ensure all of her future great-grandchildren would have one

'Even though Hal was born after she passed away, he is always going to have a part of her,' she said while holding up his stocking

‘Even though Hal was born after she passed away, he is always going to have a part of her,’ she said while holding up his stocking 

When Bush Hager’s grandfather George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, she and her twin sister Barbara Bush got to celebrate Christmas at Camp David. 

Their father’s side of the family would all drive to the presidential retreat in Maryland on Christmas Eve and would gather in the main cabin, Laurel Lodge. 

A photo from 1991 shows the former president reading to his grandchildren — the Bush twins and their cousins — on Christmas Eve. 

Bush Hager now has three children of her own: Mila, Poppy, and three-year-old Hal. 

When Bush Hager's grandfather George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, she and her twin sister Barbara Bush got to celebrate Christmas with their cousins at Camp David

When Bush Hager’s grandfather George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, she and her twin sister Barbara Bush got to celebrate Christmas with their cousins at Camp David

A photo from 1991 shows the former president reading to his grandchildren on Christmas Eve

A photo from 1991 shows the former president reading to his grandchildren on Christmas Eve

Bush Hager (pictured with her sister and mother Laura Bush) said they usually celebrated Christmas in West Texas when she was growing up

Bush Hager (pictured with her sister and mother Laura Bush) said they usually celebrated Christmas in West Texas when she was growing up

Bush Hager (pictured with her maternal grandmother, mother, and oldest daughter) recalled how they were 'always with' her mom's parents, Jenna and Herald Welch

Bush Hager (pictured with her maternal grandmother, mother, and oldest daughter) recalled how they were ‘always with’ her mom’s parents, Jenna and Herald Welch

‘The holiday season is all about family being together…to watch the magic in [my children’s] eyes,’ she said.  

Another time-honored tradition is former First Lady Barbara Bush’s needlepoint stockings, which she made for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

‘I have a needlepointed stocking from her somewhere. I don’t know where it is,’ Bush Hager admitted. ‘And then my kids [each] got one.’ 

The mother of three then held up the stocking her grandmother had made for her oldest daughter Mila, which has a cat at the top.  

The born and bred Texan (pictured with her family on Christmas in 2019) shared that they always have Mexican food on Christmas Eve, including tamales, enchiladas, and guacamole

The born and bred Texan (pictured with her family on Christmas in 2019) shared that they always have Mexican food on Christmas Eve, including tamales, enchiladas, and guacamole

Bush Hager recalled the first Christmas her husband Henry Hager (pictured in 2013) spent with her family, saying he was like, 'Wait, where¿s the ham?'

Bush Hager recalled the first Christmas her husband Henry Hager (pictured in 2013) spent with her family, saying he was like, ‘Wait, where’s the ham?’

Now that Bush Hager is a mom of three, she loves watching 'the magic in [her children's] eyes' during the holidays

Now that Bush Hager is a mom of three, she loves watching ‘the magic in [her children’s] eyes’ during the holidays 

‘That was a special request from Mila who is a particular cat lady,’ she explained.

When she pulled out her daughter Poppy’s stocking, she noted that it has her namesake flower.   

Bush Hager’s grandmother Barbara died over a year before her son Hal was born in 2019, but to her surprise, he also received a stocking from her right before his first Christmas. 

‘I couldn’t even believe it,’ she said.  

Bush Hager explained that her grandmother needlepointed as many stockings as she could before her death.

Bush Hager recently shared photos of her family putting up their Christmas tree in their New York City apartment

Bush Hager recently shared photos of her family putting up their Christmas tree in their New York City apartment 

The morning show host keeps her grandmother's memory alive for her children by talking about the stocking every year

The morning show host keeps her grandmother’s memory alive for her children by talking about the stocking every year 

'The holiday season is all about family being together,' she said

‘The holiday season is all about family being together,’ she said

The former first lady wanted to ensure all of her future great-grandchildren would have one — including Hal. 

I just imagine her wildly needlepointing,’ she said. ‘So even though Hal was born after she passed away, he is always going to have a part of her.’ 

Bush Hager keeps her grandmother’s memory alive for her children by talking about the stocking every year. 

She noted that she now needs to learn how to needlepoint or find someone else who knows how because she wants to put Hal’s name on his stocking from his great-grandmother.  

‘They’re among our most treasured possessions,’ she said. 

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