The White House is coming alive with the festive spirit. In the picture, US first lady Michelle Obama reads
Twas the Night Before Christmas
to children during an event to light the White House Christmas tree in Washington on Thursday.
After the lighting, Sheryl Crow sang
Jingle Bell Rock
. Hip-hop artist Common rapped as a children’s group sang, while
winner Jordin Sparks dazzled onlookers with her performance.