Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

Washington: A Capitol Christmas

U.S. Presidents have hosted the lighting of America's tree since 1923, when Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse at Washington's President's Park to present a 48-ft. (15 m) Balsam fir. Over the years, the tree has appeared in several different Washington locations, including the White House lawn, but since 1954, the decorating and lighting have happened at the Ellipse. In 2011, the 89th annual celebration takes place on Dec. 1. Performers will include singers Marsha Ambrosius and Rodney Atkins and the band One Republic, with appearances by TV host Carson Daly and Kermit the Frog.