Each year the President of USA lights the National Christmas Tree. A ceremony takes place with music and entertainment. The first National Christmas tree was lit in 1923.

US National Christmas trees 1923-2010

National Christmas Trees

The US National Christmas tree is in the Ellipse near the Whitehouse in Washington DC. This year the tree is new: the old one was blown down by a storm.

Surrounding the tree are 56 smaller trees; one for each state and US territory,  and one for the District of Columbia. This area is called the “Pathway of Peace”.

This year the performers were Marsha Ambrosius, Rodney Atkins, Carson Daly, Ellie Goulding ,  OneRepublic and Kermit the Frog.   Here is a video of Kermit singing with Michelle Obama, the president’s wife.

[youtube width=”450″ height=”273″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIJ32Xh4cxs[/youtube]

An activity for you to do today is to decorate the National Christmas tree online. Click on the image below to take you to the National Christmas Tree site where you can add lights, ornaments and garlands to the tree:

National Christmas Tree No Decorations

Photo by Matthew G. Bisanz

You can watch the full 89th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the National Tree Site

More information on the trees over the years – Timeline

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