Moments ago, The National Christmas tree was lit and it was a beauty! Standing taller than the tree that Melania and Barron accepted the Monday before Thanksgiving which stood at almost 20 feet, this evergreen stands at 40-50 feet! Below you will find the video of the First Family as they enter the event and then the actual moment that President Trump lights it up!
The National Park Service and National Park Foundation presented the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, as Kathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain hosted the event on the Ellipse at President’s Park, home to the White House, as also stated on National tree website.
95th Annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The First Family arrives for the event:
Watch the video below as the First Family arrive for the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
95th Annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
Before lighting the tree, President Trump said
“We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and have unbelievable holidays.”
To watch President Trump light his FIRST NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE watch the video below!
As stated by the national Christmas tree website 2017, the history of the National Christmas Tree is deep and rich and started “in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. 94 years later, this American holiday tradition continues to bring citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace. The history of the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree is intertwined with the history of America. Through peace and war, from national celebration to national mourning, Americans have gathered together and celebrated the season in this holiday event.” To read about the history and see photos from the years gone by please click HERE.
Interestingly, the ceremony has come a long way since the 1923 event. Included in this years budget for the tree is a ballastic glass to protect the President and the family per TMZ. They report that “Federal docs outlining the government’s expenses for this year’s tree lighting outside the White House show the total tab will come to $128,424. That includes $11,452 on the sound system, another $11,972 on ballistic glass to protect the Prez and fam … and $105,000 for general event management services.” Watch the video below after the lighting from Daniel Scavino:
You can catch the full event on the Hallmark Channel on Dec. 4 as stated in the following tweet:
But seriously, can you believe this incredible #NCTL2017 lineup?!
— The National Tree (@TheNationalTree) November 29, 2017
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(Feature Photo credit to screen capture by Dagger News)