President Barack Obama and the first family got in the holiday spirit as they lit up the new National Christmas Tree at the White House last night!
Obama was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, his daughters Sasha and Malia, Kermit the Frog and host for the evening, NBC’s Carson Daly.
The 26 foot Colorado blue spruce was planted in March on the Ellipse, a park that lies between the White House and the National Mall.
Obama told the large crowd that this is the season to be generous and to help others in need.
“In this season of hope, let’s help those who need it most: the homeless, the hungry, the sick and shut-in. In this season of plenty, let’s reach out to those who struggle to find work or provide for their families.”
The president welcomed troops returning home in time for the holiday, and asked Americans to express their gratitude to service members:
“In this season of generosity, let’s give thanks and honor to our troops and our veterans and their families who’ve sacrificed so much for us.”
The tree lighting ceremony was started in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge. Last night marked the 89th time the tree was lit and Obama looked good doin’ it!
Take a look at pics in the accompanying gallery.