The Obama family illuminated the National Christmas Tree Thursday night during a celebration on the White House’s Ellipse.

Check out the pictures below of the First Family over the past four years.


2009 

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U.S. President Barack Obama presses the button to light up the National Christmas Tree with daughters Malia and Sasha, and first lady Michelle during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lighting the National Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition for the President of the United State during the holiday season. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


2010

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US President Barack Obama, joined by his family including First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, react as they push a button to light the National Christmas Tree during a ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, December 9, 2010. (PAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

2011

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President Barack Obama ®, Santa Clause (2nd-R), Carson Daly ©, Kermit the Frog, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, sing a song during the National Christmas Tree light ceremony on December 1, 2011 at the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The first family participated in the 89th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


2012

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) with his wife first lady Michelle Obama ® and their daughters Malia (2nd R) and Sasha Obama light the 90th National Christmas Tree during the Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse behind the White House on December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. This year is the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)


The family portraits:


2010

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President Barack Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and First Lady Michelle Obama. (Annie Leibovitz)


2011

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“For a new family portrait, I chose a sofa in the Oval Office mostly because the State Floor was busy with tours for the Christmas holiday. Since portraiture is not my strong suit, I tried to make the setup as simple as possible.”
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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