HONOLULU — President Obama and his family plan to spend a quiet Christmas at their oceanfront Hawaiian vacation home, with hopes that outside events don't interrupt their holiday.
A year ago, the president's Christmas was disrupted by the attempted bombing of a plane bound for Detroit, an incident that consumed the rest of Obama's vacation. This year, the president has his sights set on a more relaxing holiday after a volatile year and a frenzied lame-duck legislative session.
The president is staying at a luxurious rented home on Kailua Bay with wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and dog Bo.
Obama took his daughters on a Christmas Eve trip to Pyramid Rock Beach, a favorite local destination of the first family.
Michelle Obama skipped the beach so she could give some lucky children a Christmas surprise. The first lady answered calls for the "Tracking Santa" program, a Christmas tradition run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.