Obama lights National Christmas Tree
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has jumpstarted the holiday season by lighting the National Christmas tree.
Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson together flipped a switch to light the tree.
The festive ceremony featuring a variety of musical performances is taking place under somber circumstances a day after the shooting deaths of 14 people in San Bernardino, California. In the backdrop of the ceremony, the U.S. flag flew at half-staff atop the White House on Obama's orders in remembrance of the victims.
Thursday's ceremony marked the 93rd annual lighting of the Christmas tree near the White House.
Actress Reese Witherspoon served as host. Musicians Crosby, Stills and Nash; Kelsea Ballerini; and Fall Out Boy performed.