On December 6th, the Obama family continued the tradition of the National Christmas Tree Lighting and shared in the holiday festivities with the people of the United States. Each year the ceremony takes place in Washington, D.C. with the President & his family, honored national celebrities, and of course the guests—American citizens, residents, and visitors.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony began in 1923 as a way for all the people of Washington to celebrate the holidays together—whether they be rich, poor or President. The Ceremony is revered by many Americans as the start of the holiday season and throughout the country people tune in on their televisions and radios to share in the festivities.
This year the ceremony was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris with performances by Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, James Taylor, and more. Features include a heartfelt speech from President Obama wishing the country a very Merry Christmas and thanking the people for their allegiance and service. First Lady Michelle Obama read the classic holiday Poem Twas the Night Before Christmas accompanied by Rico Rodriguez, a child actor from the hit sitcom Modern Family.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony also marks the month long Pageant of Peace. The Pageant features nightly performances such as Christmas pageants, visits from Santa Claus, and other charitable events.