Celebrating Christmas with Obamas

Celebrating Christmas with Obamas
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 22, 2011

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What a tree! Check out the Obama’s first Christmas tree in the White House in 2009. It sat in the Blue Room and stood at an astounding 18-feet and was lit with LED lights.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! The President greets Santa Claus at the National Tree Lighting ceremony on December 3, 2009.

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The First Family light the National Christmas Tree and look on in amazement at the dazzling lights.

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The First Couple poses with kids at one of their 17 Christmas parties that year. ’Tis the season for lots of fun!

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In the holiday spirit, President Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey pose for a picture in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington during a taping of a special, “Christmas at the White House.”

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In 2010, the official White House Christmas Tree was decorated in the theme of “Simple Gifts.” How amazing is this tree — it’s anything but simple!

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First Lady Michelle Obama shows off a cookie decorated by a child that she took a bite of as she visits holiday decoration work stations in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2010.

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How joyous is this? The First Family and mother-in-law Marian Robinson arrive for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, D.C. on December 9, 2010.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and children look for Santa during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Mrs. Obama has such a heart of gold!

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President Barack Obama smiles as he and Sasha delight in the arrival of Santa Claus at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Have you been a good girl, Sasha? Of course!

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The First Family reacts as they push a button to light the National Christmas Tree. It was a stunning sight to see.

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The Obamas look on in amazement at the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.

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This year, the White House Christmas tree is decorated in the theme of “Shine, Give, Share” and sits in the Blue Room of the White House. It’s one of 37!

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Mrs. Obama shows off her newly decorated home to an invite-only crowd.

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The First Family arrives at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Deccember 1, 2011. This family gets more and more beautiful each time we see them.

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President Barack Obama sings on stage with Santa Claus after lighting the National Christmas Tree.

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Michelle Obama and the girls sing with Kermit the frog at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

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Our nation’s most amazing family poses for a group photo with children dressed as elves prior to attending performances at the annual ‘Christmas in Washington’ gala in Washington, D.C. on December 12th.

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Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice, and Justin Beiber join the Obamas for a final song at the annual ‘Christmas in Washington’ event. If only they could go caroling around the nation.

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Every year, Mrs. Michelle Obama reads ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and this year was no different. On December 13th our First Lady visited at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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Michelle Obama plays Mrs. Claus as she delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office staff to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 16, 2011.

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The First Lady talks to a group of children during a Toys for Tots event.

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Mrs. Obama helps sort toys donated to underprivileged children.