The National Christmas tree is seen illuminated next to the White House during the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the grounds of President Park in Washington, DC on December 6, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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President Obama and his family were on hand to watch Neil Patrick Harris host the 90th annual lighting of the National Christmas tree at the White House.
Other performers included Colbie Caillat, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, The Fray, Jason Mraz, American Idol winner Phillip Philliips and James Taylor.
The first Christmas tree lighting ceremony was in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a 48-foot fir, joined by a performance of a local choir and a quartet from the U.S. Marine Band.
The National Christmas tree is seen illuminated next to the White House during the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the grounds of President Park in Washington, DC on December 6, 2012. UPI/Kevin DietschThe White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during a White House holiday decoration tour in Washington, DC on November 28, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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