Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Holidays: National Christmas Tree Lighting!

On December 1 we attended the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse lawn, south of the White House.  A beloved tradition for the past 88 years, each year only 3,000 tickets are given out through a lottery and George and I managed to get our hands on some standing room tickets!  We had to skip out of work a bit early and stand in the freezing cold miles away from the stage, but definitely worth it!

Last year's tree (not my photo--below), stood at over 42 feet, but due to a high gust of wind,....fell down =(

A new fat midget 26 1/2 foot high Colorado spruce tree was planted after the previous tree fell.  Although definitely not as impressive, hopefully this little baby will grow up tall and strong for years to come.

Performers that performed that night: One Republic, teeny bopper boy band group Big Time Rush, Rodney Atkins, Allie Goulding, Marsha Ambrosius, and Kermit the Frog (Kermyyyyyy!!!)
Hosted by Carson Daly
AND of course, President Barack Obama and the First family! (yeee!)

We heard from other go-ers that last year made this year's weather feel like Palm Springs.  Hopefully we brought some warm CA sun to hold off the winter cold for longer!!!

The growing crowd and carolers filling up the stand room lawn

gorgeous sunset

The presidential caravan!!! Obama's hereeeee!!!


A teensy weensie President Obama on the screen getting ready to light the tree!

LIT! The National Christmas Tree and 56 smaller Christmas trees--one for each state, five territories, and the District of ColumbiaSeeing all these trees lit up was definitely worth the 2 hour wait in the freezing cold!
These trees are re-lit ever night throughout December to January--must come back for better photos!

A 2nd annual tradition--Michelle reads "The Night Before Christmas" and this year with the help of Kermy!

Blurry President Obama =(

 So happy it's the holidays! =)

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