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Photo: Pete Souza/White House --Blues master BB King performed , "Merry Christmas Baby," at the National Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC, December 9, 2010

Lighting the National Christmas Tree

  For the 88th time, the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony took place in Washington, DC last night.  The first family had t he honor of pushing the button that lit up a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce.  The President commented on the history and the resilience of the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony: President Obama: Often, the ceremony itself has reflected the pain and sacrifice of the times. There were years during the Second World War when no lights were hung, in order to save electricity. In the days following... Read More →

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