Obama lauds returning troops in holiday broadcast
"For many of our troops and newest veterans, this might be the first time in years that they've been with their families on Christmas," Obama said.
Obama used the Christmas Day broadcast as a chance to call Americans to service in their communities.
"For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us - to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper."
Obama did not reveal the family's plans for the holiday but said watching basketball and eating Christmas cookies might be part of the celebration.