Nancy Reagan called Rosalynn Carter Sunday. Mrs. Reagan explained she didn't say, as was widely reported, that she wanted the Carters to move out before the inaugural so the Reagans could get on with their decorating, Mrs. Carter said.

Yesterday at a press preview, Rosalynn Carter stood in front of her last White House Christmas tree (at least for this term). Mrs. Carter said, "Mrs. Reagan called me to say she was sorry." Mrs. Carter stopped and thought a moment and added, "now I don't remember if she did say she was sorry -- but anyway, that she hadn't made those remarks. She said she appreciated us letting her come to the house on Saturday, and thanked us for sending her a book of photographs of the rooms."

The book of photographs is a traditional courtesy for the incoming first family.

Rosalynn Carter said she was more interested yesterday in showing her grandchildren, Jason, 5, and Sarah, 2, the Christmas tree, a fantasy of ecru lace and old rose ribbon and fabric flowers, dolls, jesters, clowns and toys, made by interior designer Louis Nichole of Hartford, Conn., under the direction of Gretchen Poston, Rosalynn Carter's social secretary. Amy has a matching lace Christmas party dress by Elizabeth Eisloeffel, also from Connecticut.