President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha join “elves” on Dec. 15, 2013.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The holidays are here, and we’re gushing over the Obamas.

C'mon, it's the end of the year, and people tend to get reflective around this time. Don't judge. Still, the first family, the first black first family, for the past eight years have lived in a house built by slaves and have represented this country exceptionally well.

The Obamas have signified hope and (for some) an elevated sense of self, and epitomized the infinite possibilities that we hope to manifest within us all. Alas, it's the first family's last Christmas in the White House, and we're holding back tears. Big time.


But we can always reminisce.

This holiday season, The Root takes a look at the past seven Christmases in the Obama White House. These photos include family pictures, tree lightings, and Bo and Sunny. After all, we can’t forget the official White House dogs.

Keep your tissues near, because, well, this is the nation’s last Obama Christmas.


Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.

Say cheese, Dec. 6, 2009.
Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, attend Christmas services at the Marine Corp Base Hawaii chapel in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on Dec. 25, 2011.
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
Hello, little elves, Dec. 11, 2011.
Pete Souza
Take two, Dec. 5, 2010.
Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy
No pictures, please, Dec. 13, 2013.
Pete Souza
What a wondrous tree, Dec. 9, 2010.
Lawrence Jackson
Holiday hands, Dec. 14, 2011.
Pete Souza
It’s Christmas, but a president’s job is never done, Dec. 12, 2009.
Pete Souza
After reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” President Barack Obama greets second-grade students Dec. 17, 2010.
Pete Souza
First lady Michelle Obama talks on the phone to children across the country, because she’s just that awesome, Dec. 24, 2014.
Amanda Lucidon
Welcome to the White House, children. They call me FLOTUS, Nov. 30, 2011.
Lawrence Jackson
A Christmas ornament hangs on the official White House Christmas tree Dec. 1, 2009.
Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy
Bo, the Obama family dog, waits near a Christmas tree Dec. 3, 2009.
Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton
I spy President Barack Obama, Dec. 6, 2012.
Pete Souza
Whistle while you wait, Dec. 7, 2014.
Pete Souza
President Barack Obama, with mother-in-law Marian Robinson, daughters Sasha and Malia, and first lady Michelle Obama, lights the National Christmas Tree on Dec. 9, 2010.
Chuck Kennedy
Making a joyful noise for President Barack Obama on Dec. 11, 2013.
Pete Souza
They go low, we go high. The Obamas turn their backs to haters. Merry Christmas, Dec. 13, 2009.
Pete Souza