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The White House South Portico is adorned with Christmas lights Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The presidents all have their own special way of celebrating Christmas. Here's a rundown.


The presidents all have their own special way of celebrating Christmas. Here's a rundown.

WATCH | A little history on where different US presidents have enjoyed Christmas

All 44 US presidents have been Christian, but just because they were the same religion doesn't mean they all celebrated the holiday in the same place.  In fact, neither of the past two presidents have spent Christmas at the White House. 

For the past eight years President Obama spent December 25th enjoying the surf and sand with his family in Kailua, Hawaii. 

Obama's tradition of dodging DC during the holiday season is a little from George W. Bush.

In this picture provided by the White House, President George W. Bush makes his annual Christmas Eve telephone call to U.S. Armed Forces Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, from Camp David. (AP Photo/White House, Eric Draper)

When Bush was president he spent Christmas at Camp David. A presidential retreat located in rural Maryland and only about 60 miles from Washington, DC. 

Bush celebrated the holiday near the nation's capital so his staff, the press, and Secret Service could be with their families for Christmas, according to the Washington Times. Remember when the president travels he brings along security, staffers, and the press.

W's father George HW Bush also celebrated the holiday at Camp David, so "W" has actually spent 12 Christmases at the presidential getaway. 

President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan have a new guest for her first Christmas, their dog Lucky, as she checks the gifts with the Reagans in front of the family quarter's tree at the White House in Washington, Dec. 24, 1984. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

But not all Presidents avoid the White House during the holiday. Both former President Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan would spend Christmas day at the White House.  

But those celebrations were a little different than our first president George Washington who spent the holiday at his plantation in Mount Vernon where he would go on a fox hunt.

Our President-elect like our current President seems to like to celebrate the holiday in warm weather, he’ll be at his house in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

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