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Christmas in Washington

President Barack Obama gives a high five to a man dressed as Santa Claus during the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 4, 2014.

President Barack Obama gives a high five to a man dressed as Santa Claus during the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 4, 2014.

President Barack Obama gives a high five to a man dressed as Santa Claus during the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 4, 2014.
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The National Christmas Tree is lighted on the Ellipse in front of The White House in Washington during the 92nd annual lighting ceremony December 4, 2014.

The National Christmas Tree is lighted on the Ellipse in front of The White House in Washington during the 92nd annual lighting ceremony December 4, 2014.

The National Christmas Tree is lighted on the Ellipse in front of The White House in Washington during the 92nd annual lighting ceremony December 4, 2014.
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President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha attend the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 4, 2014.

President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha attend the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 4, 2014.

President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha attend the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 4, 2014.
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Singer Patti LaBelle performs at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Singer Patti LaBelle performs at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Singer Patti LaBelle performs at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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First lady Michelle Obama sings with her daughter Sasha and actors Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson (2nd L) after the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014.

First lady Michelle Obama sings with her daughter Sasha and actors Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson (2nd L) after the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014.

First lady Michelle Obama sings with her daughter Sasha and actors Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson (2nd L) after the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014.
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President Barack Obama sits with daughter Sasha (L), mother-in-law Marian Robinson (R) and actor Tom Hanks as they attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014.

President Barack Obama sits with daughter Sasha (L), mother-in-law Marian Robinson (R) and actor Tom Hanks as they attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014.

President Barack Obama sits with daughter Sasha (L), mother-in-law Marian Robinson (R) and actor Tom Hanks as they attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, December 4, 2014.
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A man walks toward the The White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington December 3, 2014.

A man walks toward the The White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington December 3, 2014.

A man walks toward the The White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington December 3, 2014.
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A gingerbread White House cake sits upon a table in the State Dining Room of the White House.

A gingerbread White House cake sits upon a table in the State Dining Room of the White House.

A gingerbread White House cake sits upon a table in the State Dining Room of the White House.
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First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the East Room for the first viewing of the 2014 holiday decorations at the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the East Room for the first viewing of the 2014 holiday decorations at the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the East Room for the first viewing of the 2014 holiday decorations at the White House.
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Scrabble pieces make up the words Winter Wonderland under a painting of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room.

Scrabble pieces make up the words Winter Wonderland under a painting of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room.

Scrabble pieces make up the words Winter Wonderland under a painting of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room.
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Animated replicas of Obama dogs Sunny and Bo are seen in the Booksellers of the White House.

Animated replicas of Obama dogs Sunny and Bo are seen in the Booksellers of the White House.

Animated replicas of Obama dogs Sunny and Bo are seen in the Booksellers of the White House.
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The colonnade of the White House is decorated with holiday lights.

The colonnade of the White House is decorated with holiday lights.

The colonnade of the White House is decorated with holiday lights.
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A gingerbread White House cake sits upon a table in the State Dining Room.

A gingerbread White House cake sits upon a table in the State Dining Room.

A gingerbread White House cake sits upon a table in the State Dining Room.
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Ornaments hang upon the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room.

Ornaments hang upon the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room.

Ornaments hang upon the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room.
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The Oval Office and Rose Garden of the White House are decorated with holiday lights.

The Oval Office and Rose Garden of the White House are decorated with holiday lights.

The Oval Office and Rose Garden of the White House are decorated with holiday lights.
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Scrabble pieces make up the words Winter Wonderland under a painting of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room.

Scrabble pieces make up the words Winter Wonderland under a painting of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room.

Scrabble pieces make up the words Winter Wonderland under a painting of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room.
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People take a holiday "selfie" in front of a giant Douglas Fir Christmas tree at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington December 5, 2014.     REUTERS/Gary Cameron   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

People take a holiday "selfie" in front of a giant Douglas Fir Christmas tree at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

People take a holiday "selfie" in front of a giant Douglas Fir Christmas tree at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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A model of the U.S. Capitol, made entirely of various species of wood, is seen at the U.S. Botanic Gardens during the holiday season in Washington December 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

A model of the U.S. Capitol, made entirely of various species of wood, is seen at the U.S. Botanic Gardens during the holiday season in Washington December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

A model of the U.S. Capitol, made entirely of various species of wood, is seen at the U.S. Botanic Gardens during the holiday season in Washington December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A young boy looks at a holiday model train layout at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington December 5, 2014.     REUTERS/Gary Cameron   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

A young boy looks at a holiday model train layout at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

A young boy looks at a holiday model train layout at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
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