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Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the U.S., recently shared some of her family's Christmas traditions ahead of the well known holiday.
Mrs. Obama is gracing the cover of Ladies' Home Journal where she speaks about how her famed family celebrates their Christmas with music which consists of James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole.
"The kids tease me that they know it's Christmas when I pull out my playlist," she Ladies' Home Journal, according to The New York Daily News.
The First Lady went on to share other traditions as the December/January cover girl of the magazine. According to Mrs. Obama, President Barack Obama and their two daughters gather in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House where the family decorates their Christmas tree while sipping hot chocolate by a fire.
However, Mrs. Obama admits that she grew up with a more humbling way of decorating her home.
"Christmas has always been a special time in my household," Mrs Obama says in the publication. "Growing up, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, but my mom put her heart and soul into decorating that house."
However, one of Mrs. Obama's old family traditions that seems to have made its way into her adulthood is performing before receiving gifts.
"I've hula-hooped, done a dog trick with (pet pooch) Bo and read poems," she explained to Ladies' Home Journal. "The kids will sing or put on plays. The President and some of the other dads will get together and do a song."
She further explained where the tradition stemmed from.
"Our extended family was so large, people couldn't really afford to buy gifts for everyone. So a couple of my aunts would go out and purchase small gifts," she told the magazine. "They would put them in a basket and in order to get a gift you had to perform. You could tell a joke, read a poem, do a backflip-- anything counted. It's a tradition that we've carried on today."
Each year, the Obama's exercise their generosity by volunteering their time with Toys For Tots to donate items to children for Christmas.
"It's up to us to dig deep and to make sure we take care of our neighbors out there who may be struggling," she said in a Yahoo! report previously.