Obamas and Celebs Celebrate “Christmas in Washington”

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The Obama Family got into the holiday spirit as they participated in the 32nd annual “Christmas in Washington” charity event on Sunday night.

The concert, which is aimed to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center, was hosted by “X-Men” star Hugh Jackman.

The Backstreet Boys opened the show with a medley of their original holiday songs, “Christmas Time” and “It’s Christmas Time Again.”

Other performers of the night included Cheryl Crow,  actress Anna Kendrick, and Jonelle Monae who sang “This Christmas.”

In brief remarks after the concert the president thanked the performers. He also joked that though he enjoys presents,  there is more to the occasion and reminded the audience of the true meaning for the holiday season.

“This is also a time to remember the story of a child born to two faithful travelers on a holy night long ago,” he said, referring to the teachings of Christianity, “love the Lord, love our neighbors as we love ourselves; a teaching that has endured for generations and today it lies at the heart of my faith and millions of Americans, and billions around the globe.”

The evening ended with the Obamas, the star-studded lineup and the audience joining together to sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Prior to the show’s finale the first family spent time with patients aged 4-5 from the Children’s National Medical Center who were elves for the night. The photographer captured the moments in photos with smiles and funny faces.

The show is scheduled to air on television network TNT at 8 p.m. on December 20.

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