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PHOTOS: Presidents Past and Present Celebrating Christmas

PHOTOS: Presidents Past and Present Celebrating Christmas

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Much like the rest of us, the presidents of our United States wholeheartedly enjoy the holiday season. But unlike us, they celebrate on a much grander scale.

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Whether they throw parties, hold concerts or even broadcast their Christmas traditions on national television, our leaders certainly know how to spread holiday cheer. (And with a residence as big as the White House, they definitely don't skimp on their Christmas trees, either.)

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From Barack Obama back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, here's how several of our commanders-in-chief got into the holiday spirit:

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Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, pose with children as they attend the Christmas in Washington concert at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. The event was held on December 9, 2012, with performances by Korean rapper Psy as well as Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Scotty McCreery and Chris Mann.

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Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, share the stage with rapper Common, singer Jordin Sparks, musician Randy Jackson and others at the end of an event to light the White House Christmas tree in Washington D.C., December 3, 2009.

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George W. Bush

President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush and Malik Lawson, 7, watch a performance of "A Christmas Carol" at the White House in Washington on December 3, 2007. The holiday performance and reception was held for children of military personnel serving overseas.

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Bill Clinton

President Clinton reads the Christmas classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to schoolchildren in the White House State Dining Room on December 22, 1995. This pre-Christmas event is an annual tradition at the White House

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George H.W. Bush

President George Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush pose in front of the White House Christmas tree in the White House Blue Room on Dec. 19, 1990.

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Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan sits on Santa's lap during a Christmas Eve party at the Wick Residence in Washington, D.C., on December 24, 1986.

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Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter share the first dance of the evening at the Congressional Christmas Ball at the White House in Washington on Dec. 12, 1978.

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Richard Nixon

President Nixon romps on the floor of the White House with his Irish setter, King Timahoe, as members of the First Family look on during the taping of “Christmas at the White House” on Dec. 20, 1971. Pictured from left are: CBS correspondent Marya McLaughlin; Mrs. Pat Nixon; Tricia and David Eisenhower; and Julie and Edward Cox. Julie’s silver poodle, Vicki, is behind the president.

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Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson and Yuki, the White House pet, pose beside the family Christmas tree in the Yellow Oval Room on the second floor of the White House in Washington on December 24, 1967.

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John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy stand alongside a White House Christmas tree in Washington on December 12, 1962.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Three-year-old Mary Jean looks up at her grandfather, President Dwight Eisenhower, as he and first lady Mamie Eisenhower pose in this family picture at the White House on Dec. 19, 1958. The grandchildren — David, 10; Barbara Ann, 9; and Mary Jean — carry Christmas presents for their grandparents. Major John Eisenhower is standing behind Barbara Ann, and his wife Barbara Jean is almost hidden behind the first lady.

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Harry S. Truman

President Harry S. Truman opens a gift from radio and newspaper correspondents in the living room of the his private residence in Independence, Missouri, on December 24, 1950.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and family watch as Johnny Boettiger, the president's grandson, crawls across the floor of the White House's East Room on Christmas Day, 1939. Seated on floor, from left to right: Eleanor "Sistie" Dall; Diana Hopkins, daughter of Harry Hopkins, Secretary of Commerce; and Curtis "Buzzie" Dall, Jr. Seated, left to right: Mrs. Sara Roosevelt, the president's mother; Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt, Jr., with Franklin III on lap; the president; Mrs. John Boettiger, the president's daughter, mother of Johnny; Mrs. J.R. Roosevelt, the chief executive's sister-in-law; and Mrs. John Roosevelt. Standing, left to right: Franklin, Jr., John Roosevelt and John Boettiger.

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