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2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


By Jueseppi B.

 

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President Barack Obama, second from right, first lady Michelle Obama, center, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama and Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Robinson, left of center, and others participate in the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Washington.

 

 

 

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Singer James Taylor performs for President Barack Obama and the First Family during the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Washington.

 

 

 

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and Rico Rodriguez, read “The Night Before Christmas” to children during the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Washington.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha, second from left, and Malia react as the girls flip the switch to light the National Christmas Tree during the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Washington.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, along with mother-in-law Marian Robinson, far left, and actors Neil Patrick Harris and Rico Rodriguez, right, are on stage during the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Washington

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along the Colonnade of the White House, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

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The Obama family illuminated the National Christmas Tree Thursday night during a celebration on the White House’s Ellipse.

 

The first family and Marian Robinson, the first lady’s mother, were on stage to count down to the lighting and flip the switch. They stayed for the entertainment, which included The Fray, James Taylor, Ledisi, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

 

President Obama said in his remarks that the tree – which has been replaced twice after the long-standing National Christmas Tree was felled by high winds in February 2011 – was a symbol of rebuilding and strength as much of the East Coast continues to recover from Sandy.

 

“In times of war and peace, triumph and tragedy, we’ve always come together to rejoice in the Christmas miracle,” Obama said. “But our tree has been having a hard time recently. … Just goes to show, nobody’s job is safe here in Washington.”

 

Obama told a story from Midland Beach, NY, still devastated by Sandy. Despite the lingering damage, a group of friends who grew up in the neighborhood created a community Christmas tree.

 

“One local nursery donated the tree,” Obama said. “Another chipped in for the lights and a star. And 70-year-old Tom Killeen and his longtime buddies from the area planted it at the end of the street overlooking the town beach.

 

“As Tom says, ‘The tree has one message. It’s Christmas time, not disaster time,’ ” Obama said.

 

Obama recognized service members, as did Taylor, who dedicated a poignant “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to them. Michelle Obama joined with “Modern Family” star Rico Rodriguez to read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

 

And the first family joined the performers, host Neil Patrick Harris and Santa on stage at the end of the show to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

 

Changes to the annual celebration this year included a new stage location to better showcase the White House behind it, a new color scheme for the tree, as well as the tree itself.

 

After the National Christmas Tree was felled in February 2011, its replacement, a Colorado blue spruce, died of complications from “transplant shock,” the National Park Service said.

 

More than 17,000 guests were on hand to see the new tree illuminated for the season on the Ellipse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Neil Patrick Harris, left, watches as the first family lights the National Christmas Tree.(Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

 

Merry-Christmas

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Lovely and very Christmas spirits…I wish I could have heard Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat love listening to them both. sniff sniff ..Thanks for sharing it added a bit of light to my not so bright day

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