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The Obamas shares memories of Christmas past while Obama dons a TIARA in a photograph released in time for the holidays

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  • White House photographer Pete Souza shared a snap of President Obama wearing a tiara surrounded by a Girl Scout troop from Oklahoma
  • The Obamas are planning to have a family day on Christmas, so completed separate diplomatic duties on Christmas Eve 
  • The president enjoyed a game of golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Marine Corps base on Oahu, where both are vacationing
  • Michelle answered calls from children all over the country from their holiday home in Kailua for NORAD
  • The North American Aerospace Defense Command have a Santa tracking program each year that kids can call to see where the sleigh
  • Michelle told one girl that she and the President definitely believe in Santa 

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Michelle Obama today shared a snap of Christmas past as she wished the nation a happy holiday.

The first lady tweeted a photograph on Thursday afternoon showing her with President Obama in their younger years, with the message: ‘Merry Christmas!’

In the image, which is not dated, the young couple are standing beside a Christmas tree that is a slightly less impressive than the one at their home today.

She shared her message online as she celebrated Christmas day by singing carols and opening gifts with her husband and their daughters at their vacation home in Hawaii.

The White House said Obama started the holiday on Christmas Eve by having dinner with friends, his wife and daughters before telephoning troops who are stationed overseas for the holidays.

In the calls, he thanked the troops for their service and the sacrifice they and their families make.

Later on Thursday, as is their tradition, Obama and his wife were planning to visit with troops and their families at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii.

On Christmas Eve, White House photographer, Pete Souza, shared another rather festive snap of the commander-in-chief – showing him wearing a jewel-encrusted tiara with a Girl Scouts troop.

The image, which was actually taken with the troop from Tulsa, Oklahoma at the annual White House Science Fair in May, was shared by Souza on his Instagram page on Christmas Eve. He explained that he came across the image while editing his images from 2014.

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