New York, December 26 -- It may be soggy weather in the capital, but President Barack Obama and his family are on a holiday, celebrating their Christmas under the sunny skies of Hawaii.
The first family is on a 10-day Christmas vacation at the island of Oahu in Hawaii, away from the hustle-bustle of Washington. This is their first Hawaiian holiday since becoming the first family.
Quiet Christmas celebration
Keeping the tradition alive, Obama and his wife started the day with an early morning workout at Marine base, near their private, secluded Kailua beach home.
According to the White House officials, the family ate roast beef, potatoes and other dishes traditionally served during Christmas.
The celebration was a low key affair. Obama and his wife did not exchange gifts with one another but they did it with their daughters, Sasha and Malia.
Others who celebrated Christmas with the first family included Obama's sister Maya Soetero-Ng, her husband Konrad Ng and their children.
Obama wishes Marines Merry Christmas
Obama and Michelle also made an unannounced visit to Hawaii's Marine Corps Base.
They arrived at the Marine Corps Base at Hawaii's Anderson Hall chow hall at 3:43 p.m., and greeted about 100 military personnel and their families saying, "Hi, guys, merry Christmas."
As the Marines ate their mid-day holiday meal, president and the first lady moved from table to table, shaking hands with the members and thanking them for their service.
"I’m proud of you guys," the president added.
Locals excited about first family’s visit
There will be work every single day for Obama and the staff that has come along, and it might not be possible for him to spend time on the beaches, golf course, and restaurants as he did traditionally during the vacations.
Despite this, the locals are excited about Obama’s visit. Tamara Valdivia, an employee at Lanikai Juice, was quoted by ABC news as saying, “"We're very happy. I think everybody's talking about, oh do you think he will stop by? And have a drink? How can we communicate with him?"
Pachi Tomasa, another resident, said that last year, after waiting for hours, she saw the president at the golf course. "It was Christmas Eve, that was my Christmas present, to see the president."