A very celeb Christmas: Obama family lights national tree, Willow Smith whips winter hair
Bold-face names across the country are getting into the Christmas spirit, and the Ministry is here to ladle up seasonal activities like a piping-hot mug of spiked nog.
For starters, the first family hit the button on the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., lighting it up with the help of star musicians and Underwriters Laboratories.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were joined by daughters Sasha and Malia in flipping the important switch at an event that featured appearances from Adam Levine, B.B. King, rapper Common and first lady fave Sara Bareilles.
A week earlier, child star Willow Smith helped L.A. Live light its tree during an hourlong TV special -- she performed her hit "Whip My Hair" and also took in performances from Stevie Wonder and Seal. The event marked the kickoff of AEG's Season of Giving.
Representing the sexier side of Santa was Carmen Electra. The actress appeared recently at Los Angeles nightspot Boudoir to play BOTender -- a delicious fembot character serving up holiday-themed Svedka cocktails such as the Jingle Bot, with apple schnapps and cider.
In New York City, the likes of Carson Kressley, Charlotte Ronson and Tinsley Mortimer posed with Santa Claus at Duracell's Mobile Smart Power lounge at Gansevoort Plaza and helped peddle the company's power rover -- a bike that uses and stores human energy for a victory lap on New Year's Eve.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: The first family, including the president's mother-in-law, reacts after pushing the button to light the National Christmas Tree on Dec. 9, 2010. Credit: Chuck Kennedy / White House