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Christmas at the White House

Christmas at the White House

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    The official White House Christmas Tree arrives via horse-drawn carriage at the White House on November 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. The tree, a 19-foot-tall balsam fir, was grown on Schroeder's Forevergreens farm near Neshkoro, Wisconsin. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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    US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with daughter Sasha as they receive the White House Christmas tree at the White House in Washington on November 25, 2011. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama (L) waves on stage with Jackie Evancho (C) during the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony December 9, 2010 at the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The first family participated in the annual ceremony to kick off the 2010 National Christmas Tree Festival.

    (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) waves as he arrives with his daughters Sasha (4th L) and Malia (L), mother-in-law Marian Robinson (3rd L), and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) at the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony December 9, 2010 at the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The first family participated in the annual ceremony to kick off the 2010 National Christmas Tree Festival. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a group photo with children dressed as Christmas elves at a Christmas In Washington celebration December 12, 2010 at the Building Museum in Washington, DC. Obama's daughters Malia and Sasha are at (L) and Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson is at (R).

    (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama points to a child dressed in a Christmas elf costume as they gather for a group photo with First Lady Michelle Obama at a Christmas In Washington celebration December 12, 2010 at the Building Museum in Washington, DC.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, take part in the conclusion of a Christmas In Washington celebration, with entertainers (L-R) Mariah Carey, Ellen DeGeneres and Maxwell, December 12, 2010 at the Building Museum in Washington, DC.

    (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for Hawaii on December 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. He will join his wife and daughters, who are already there, for the Christmas holiday. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives with daughters Sasha and Malia, first lady Michelle, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson arrive at the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lighting the National Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition for the President of the United State during the holiday season.

    (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama greets Santa Claus during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lighting the National Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition for the President of the United State during the holiday season.

    (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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    The official White House Christmas Tree, a Douglas Fir stands 18 1/2 feet high and nearly 13 feet wide, is seen in the Blue Room during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2009 White House holiday decorations is 'Reflect Rejoice Renew.'

    (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office to the White House residence December 24, 2009 in Washington, DC. The first family will spend Christmas and New Year in Hawaii.

    (Photo by Brendan Hoffman-Pool/Getty Images)
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    Flashback: 2008: President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, the grassy area south of the White House on December 4, 2008 in Washington, DC.
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    Flashback: 2007: The National Christmas Tree and the White House are seen 06 December 2007 in Washington, DC. The 60-foot Colorado spruce is lit with energy saving LED lights, a change from traditional incandescent bulbs which will cut power consumption by about 60 percent.
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    Flashback: 2006: The National Christmas Tree stands in front of the White House on the Ellipse December 18, 2006 in Washington, DC. The 41-foot-tall National Christmas Tree is a living Colorado Blue Spruce and was planted on the Ellipse in 1978.
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    Flashback: 1998: The National Christmas Tree stands before the White House after it was lit during a ceremony attended by US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary 09 December in Washington DC. The National Tree is a Colorado Blue Spruce. (Photo credit JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Flashback: 1996: US President Bill Clinton listens to music with children from the Temple of Sinai Nursery School in Washington after lighting the ceremonial Menorah marking the beginning of the eight-day Jewish holiday Hanukkah during ceremonies at the White House.

    (Photo credit JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)