By Meghan Overdeep
Updated Dec 04, 2015 @ 8:15 am
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With a little help from Reese Witherspoon, the White House is ready for Christmas.

On Thursday the Oscar-winning actress helped the First Family ring in the holiday season by hosting the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House Ellipse. Witherspoon, 39, was joined by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, for a festive night of carols, celebrity performances, and, last but not least, the lighting of the White House's giant Christmas tree.

"Happy holidays to Reese and everyone here tonight and everyone watching at home," the president said before leading a countdown to the lighting.

The night included performances by David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash as well as Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly, the Joyous String Ensemble, and the United States Coast Guard Band. Miss Piggy also made an (unsuccessful) attempt to steal the spotlight from Witherspoon and read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the First Lady.


Although Witherspoon handled the night's events with all the grace and confidence you'd expect from the Southern belle, she was understandably giddy to land the coveted gig.

"So excited to do #TheNationalTree lighting in DC. Practicing ... How am I doing? #LOL #CantWait #NCTL2015 #HappyHolidays," she captioned an Instagram photo of herself wrapped in Christmas lights—and in a Draper James Madison Bow Top ($200;—the day before the ceremony.

She also shared a snap of herself surrounded by trees and ornaments in the White House's State Dining Room, while dressed in a Draper James Printed Dogwood Sweater ($225; "In awe of the Christmas decorations at the @whitehouse (decorated by @bryanrafanelli)," she wrote in the caption.