Actor Neil Patrick Harris watches as U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their children Sasha and Malia illuminate the National Christmas Tree during the 90th annual lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall December 6, 2012 in Washington. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON -- The first family lit the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington Thursday.
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The 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony featured performances by Jason Mraz, Ledisi, James Taylor, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Colbie Caillat and American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.
President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas tree, a 48-foot Balsam fir, in 1923.