Thursday, December 4, 2008

National Christmas Tree Lights Up Tonight

In another last act before the Obama family moves into the White House, President George W. Bush and his family will lead the lighting of the National Christmas tree tonight in Washington, D.C.

Entertainers set to perform at the event include Rissi Palmer; Jon Secada, Phil Vassar, 4-year-old singer Kaitlyn Maher of "America's Got Talent," Step Afrika! and the United States Army Band accompanied by singers of the Enterprise High School, Ala., Encores.

First lady Laura gave members of the news media a sneak peak of holiday decorations at the White House on Wednesday. She took reporters on a tour of various rooms all decked out for the holidays and showed them the official White House Christmas tree -- an 18-foot Fraser fir from North Carolina.

More than 60,000 visitors are expected to visit the White House for tours, with 25 holiday receptions and seven dinners planned.

While the official tree holds 369 decorations from artists around the country, the various fir trees scattered throughout the White House have red and blue ornaments from years past.

The Bushes will host almost daily parties during the holiday season.


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