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President Obama lights National Christmas Tree

Posted by Kristi Palma  December 7, 2012 08:39 AM

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The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a 90-year-old tradition. And last night President Barack Obama lit the tree along with his wife Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson. Oh, and a crowd of more than 17,000 people and lots of celebrities.

It all took place on the Ellipse, a park between the White House and the National Mall. Neil Patrick Harris, of "How I Met Your Mother," hosted the event. The 28-foot blue spruce was transplanted right before Hurricane Sandy and made it through the storm unharmed.

The festive ceremony included performances by celebrities, such as Jason Mraz, James Taylor, and The Fray. Michelle Obama read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez.

"It's beautiful," said Obama about the tree. "Merry Christmas, everybody."

What do you think of the National Christmas Tree?

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