Obamas throw a star-studded X-mas party

Washington: The first family of America threw a star studded bash to ring in the holidays, with pop star Mariah Carey serenading President Barack Obama at the annual `Christmas in Washington` concert.

Carey, who is expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon, was the star performer at the gala hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

The entertainers including `Glee` star Matthew Morrison, sang Christmas songs and performed for the Obama family, including first lady Michelle, daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, and their grandmother Marian Robinson.

At the end the Obamas joined all the evening`s performers on stage for a rendition of `Hark! The Herald Angels Sing`.

In remarks to the crowd, Obama talked about the story of Jesus` birth.

"The story and message speak to us today. We are called to love each other as we love ourselves. We pray for our troops. We remember those who are out of work and
struggling to get by," Obama said, urging people to show "charity, passion and goodwill" to their neighbours.

Early in event the Obama family also offered presents from the White House to a group of young children dressed as elves, who placed them under a Christmas tree.