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Thank you Pete Souza for that gorgeous photo of the Obamas on this year’s Christmas Card. It’s the last photo we’ll see of them as our first family posing for their annual holiday card. They actually broke tradition and utilized a photo taken at the at the State Dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March.

On an Instagram post, the chief official White House photographer writes:

“This family. What can I say. What an honor to have photographed them for eight years. A couple of months ago, the Social Office came to me and said they were thinking of using a family photo for this year’s White House holiday card. So I thought of Justin Trudeau. I know you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Earlier this year we hosted the Canadian Prime Minister for a formal State Dinner. Malia and Sasha attended as guests. Before the dinner, I did a family photo in the White House residence. But later, when the Trudeaus arrived, the two families spent some time on the Truman Balcony with their respective delegations. At one point, the Prime Minister asked if we could do a photo of he and his wife with the Obama family. Click, click, click. Then, he said I should do a photo of just the Obama’s. I could have said, ‘sir, we already did one before you arrived.’ But instead, I clicked off a few quick frames. And lo and behold, it was this picture that Justin Trudeau asked me to take which everyone loved as the choice for the 2016 White House holiday card.”

In the photo, Malia and Sasha both wear stunning embroidered gowns by Naeem Khan and Michelle wears a custom floral gown by Jason Wu.

Take a look back at the holiday card from the Obamas over the years.

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BP (before presidency)- This card was issued when Obama was Senator in 2006

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2009 Obama Holiday Card

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2009 Obama Holiday Card

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The White House blanketed in snow after a snowstorm on the morning of Feb. 3, 2010. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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The White House blanketed in snow after a snowstorm on the morning of Feb. 3, 2010. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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The White House blanketed in snow after a snowstorm on the morning of Feb. 3, 2010. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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“From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season.” It is signed by all four of the Obamas – Barack, wife Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia as well as Bo himself, 2011. places Bo in front of the fireplace in the White House library with a poinsettia and other decorations. The inside of the card features the presidential seal along with a holiday greeting: "From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season."

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“From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season.” It is signed by all four of the Obamas – Barack, wife Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia as well as Bo himself, 2011. places Bo in front of the fireplace in the White House library with a poinsettia and other decorations. The inside of the card features the presidential seal along with a holiday greeting: "From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season."

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Bo Obama wears a white scarf and prancing happily around a snowy White House lawn. "Larassa Kabel never expected to be chosen when she submitted her painting to be considered for the White House holiday card this September.

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Bo Obama wears a white scarf and prancing happily around a snowy White House lawn. "Larassa Kabel never expected to be chosen when she submitted her painting to be considered for the White House holiday card this September.

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Bo Obama wears a white scarf and prancing happily around a snowy White House lawn. "Larassa Kabel never expected to be chosen when she submitted her painting to be considered for the White House holiday card this September.

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2013 Obama Holiday Card

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2014 Obama Holiday Card

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2014 Obama Holiday Card

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2015 Obama Holiday Card

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2015 Obama Holiday Card

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2016 Obama Holiday Card

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2016 Obama Holiday Card

 

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