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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: The White House is seen in the background after the National Christmas Tree was lit during its lighting ceremony on December 1, 2011 at the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The first family participated in the 89th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: The White House is seen in the background after the National Christmas Tree was lit during its lighting ceremony on December 1, 2011 at the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The first family participated in the 89th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)