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The National Christmas Tree Lighting

The First Family at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Miss Piggy read ‘Twas the night before Christmas” to children

U.S. President Barack Obama and his family watch the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. From left are daughters Maila and Sasha, Marian Robinson and first lady Michelle Obama. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama waves next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama reads "'Twas the night before Christmas" to children during the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama waves after lighting the National Christmas Tree during the Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. Daughters Sasha (L) and Malia are at his side. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson, walk to their seats during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughter Malia push a button to light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he with First lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia host the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Santa Claus as Muppet Miss Piggy watches as Obama hosts the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


105 Responses to “The National Christmas Tree Lighting”


  1. December 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 thank yooooooooous Nerdy!!!!!

  2. 4 susanne
    December 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    First after Chipsticks 🙂

  3. 13 MadameSoph
    December 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Love the compilation Nerdy!

    And gotta love the Black House 🙂 Are PBO and FLOTUS just trolling the RWNJs at this point?

    I have some Dark Chocolate Cake with Ghost Pepper Chocolate Ganache Frosting in the freezer… have to thaw that out for later 🙂

  4. 23 amk for obama
    December 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    what, no coat for miss piggy?

  5. December 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm

  6. 34 JER
    December 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  7. December 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    GE TOD! Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving 🙂

  8. December 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    GGail do you think that picture of Malia and Sasha laughing, they might be laughing at Crosby, S and Nash.

  9. 47 Nerdy Wonka
    December 3, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I am LOVING #TheWiz. Great acting, singing, set design, wardrobe, cinematography, etc.

    Kudos to NBC for investing in talented people in front of and behind the scenes.

  10. December 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

  11. 53 amk for obama
    December 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    it’s raining jtp’s and vicky’s here.

  12. December 3, 2015 at 9:23 pm

  13. 62 amk for obama
    December 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    to bt, with love (and flowers)

  14. 65 amk for obama
    December 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    gotta run, bye.

  15. 66 No Child Left Behind
    December 3, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Good Evening TODVille.

    Thanks for posting the event of our lovely First Family! I missed all the day’s events.

    Speaking of events, is it true that the Senate passed a bill to repeal Obamacare?

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      December 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Yep, NCLB, the Republican leadership had nothing better to do before the holidays, so they once again tried to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, knowing it would be vetoed. Isn’t it comforting to know that we are paying these buffoons to use their time so effectively?

      • 68 No Child Left Behind
        December 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm

        In Order To Pass Some Democrats had to vote yes, correct?

        Who are these fools?

        • 69 amk for obama
          December 3, 2015 at 10:19 pm

          The thugs passed the voted 52-47 using some archaic senate ‘rules’. I don’t think any dems voted for it.

          http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/obamacare-repeal-real-reason-216409

        • December 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm

          The measure was passed under so-called budget resolution rules, meaning a simple majority is enough. It has only symbolic meaning, however, as it will be vetoed. Even some GOP senators said their constituents should not be worried because it will be vetoed. What a bunch of ridiculous hypocrisy.

          • 73 No Child Left Behind
            December 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm

            However the article posted by AMK gives a bleak picture of what may happen should either one of the GOP clowns win the presidency.

          • 74 nathkatun7
            December 4, 2015 at 2:53 am

            You mean these clowns passed a bill that they knew had Zero chance of becoming law? What a cynical and hypocritical bunch! Obviously, they must have such low regard for the intelligence of their rapid supporters. The only way the ACA act (a.k.a, Obama Care) canever be repealed is when the Republicans control both the Congress and the presidency. There is absolutely no way the ACA will be repealed during the Obama presidency.

  16. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    December 3, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    The Wiz is on POINT!

  17. 77 MadameSoph
    December 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Dinner time for me, but before I go…

    Been loving this tune by French rapper Lady Laistee these days.

    For my TOD family:

  18. 78 jackiegrumbacher
    December 3, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    If this article is true, it’s pure evil. Gun industry execs say that shootings are good for business. When there are mass murders, the NRA gins up fear that the government will take away people’s guns, which leads to increased sales. This is a business model that must have been devised in hell. The more people die, the richer the industry gets.

    https://theintercept.com/2015/12/03/mass-shooting-wall-st/

  19. 79 amk for obama
    December 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    #ChennaiFloods: Before and After

    Great visuals. (Move the mouse over the pics from left to right and right to left see the devastating effects for the flood)

  20. 85 amk for obama
    December 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

  21. December 3, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Delurking to post the Original

  22. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    December 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

  23. December 3, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Damn, phone and internet went out about 10:30. Fortunately, the cable wasn’t affected; had it been, you’d be raising my bail money! I HATE RCN! Bad when you choose your provider based on the “lesser” of evils!

  24. 91 amk for obama
    December 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    US offers assistance to India to meet Chennai deluge challenge.

    http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2015/dec/04/us-offers-assistance-to-india-to-meet-chennai-deluge-challenge/9de944668ed97c152fc259468101b54e

    Furst, bring down the rains on and then offer to help us. Thanks, obama.

  25. December 3, 2015 at 11:48 pm

  26. December 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm

  27. 96 amk for obama
    December 4, 2015 at 12:23 am

  28. December 4, 2015 at 12:41 am

  29. December 4, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  30. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    December 4, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Good Morning Everyone.

    I had a late night and am just now catching up on #TheWiz. What a phenomenal live performance. If you missed it, when NBC does the replay make a date to tune in. It was so very good.

    While we wait for the Early Bird/Rise and Shine here are some of the fabulous scenes.

  31. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    December 4, 2015 at 6:54 am

  32. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    December 4, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I don’t know how long NBC will let this one stay on youtube so see it before its gone. Uzo Aduba…. there are no words!!!!

    • 102 MadameSoph
      December 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Wow! Catching up the next day here. I had no idea she could sing!

      Thanks for these clips, Donna. I didn’t watch it because the previous live offerings of this type from NBC didn’t interest me and I figured this would be the same. This one actually seems entertaining! I’m going to DVR the rebroadcast of this, for sure!

  33. December 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for sharing the pics. Does my soul a lot of good to see such beautiful Christmas photos of our First Family. And I can never get enough of those two beautiful kids (big teenagers now).


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