The First Family Decks the Halls with Stars of Holly…wood

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The yellow one at the top of the White House Christmas tree was not the only star in the vicinity at this year’s annual White House Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The first family was joined by some of Hollywood’s finest for the event.

Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez joined the First Lady Michelle Obama for a reading of the Christmas classic poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” more popularly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Rodriguez even joked that he would be joining the Obamas on their holiday vacation in Hawaii. Now, that’s one modern family outing we’d like to see!

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How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris hosted the event, welcoming Barack, Michelle, and their two daughters Sasha and Malia to the stage. Is it just us, or does it look like Harris is giving the POTUS a once-over? We can’t blame him — that man is one fine prez.

Barack led the countdown, and then his daughters pressed the button to light up the big tree as the 17,000 people in attendance oohed and ahhed. The event also featured festive musical performances from Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, James Taylor, and Babyface

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Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the Hollywood.com staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.

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