A family and national tradition: The National Christmas Tree Lighting #NCTL2013

By | December 4, 2013 | Holidays & Entertaining

A family and national tradition: The National Christmas Tree Lighting #NCTL2013

After Thanksgiving, I put on some holiday music and launch the holiday season by decorating our family’s home and Christmas tree. Part of our family’s tradition also includes watching the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. This year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on December 6, 2013.

Social media has enabled anyone the ability to communicate with celebrities, royalty, corporate executives, and now The National Tree. Follow @theNationalTree on Twitter to learn about its heritage, its home in a national park, and information about the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, including additional talent announcements and the event’s host. The tree will tweet during the weeks leading up to the event and throughout the holiday season.

Join the National Christmas Tree in its goal is to spread holiday cheer to the Twitterverse! Follow the discussion with
#NCTL2013 on Twitter and Instagram.

National Park Service


The National Christmas Tree Lighting is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.  You can Watch the National Christmas Tree Lighting live online at TheNationalTree.org or on PBS during the month of December.



National Park Foundation


The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks.

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Charmin Calamaris

Charmin is a wife, mom of two boys and creator of the Momiverse. The Momiverse is an online magazine for busy moms (is there any other kind?) dedicated to helping moms make time – and take time – for themselves. She traded in her career in land use planning and environmental policy to become Chief Executive Navigator of the Momiverse. You can connect with Charmin in her "online office" on Twitter or Facebook.

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