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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:01 AM

First family lights up National Christmas Tree with Santa and celebrities at 90th annual ceremony


As he and his family flipped the switch to light the National Christmas Tree Thursday night, President Barack Obama said he hopes the tree lasts longer than its predecessor, which died after just a year. "Our tree has been having a hard time recently. This is our third one in as many years," Obama said, noting that a tree that stood near the White House for more than three decades was lost in a storm early last year. Its replacement didn't take hold.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics#ixzz2Ekux4Z00

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