Michelle Obama has shared her family's favourite holiday traditions with Ladies' Home Journal for the magazine's December-January issue.
Looking radiant in a Lela Rose gold dress, the First Lady reveals what festive songs and cooking activities she enjoys the most with her family for the cover feature, titled Christmas at the White House.
"The sounds of Christmas in the Obama White House mean James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole," the 49-year-old explained.
First Daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, also enjoy their mother's festive musical tastes.
"The kids tease me that they know it's Christmas when I pull out my playlist," Mrs Obama admitted.
The family's holiday tunes usually play as President Obama and the family decorate their tree, with the smell of eggnog and cookies wafting throughout the rooms.
"Christmas has always been a special time in my household," she said.
"Growing up, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, but my mom put her heart and soul into decorating that house."
Looking radiant in a sparkling gold dress, the First Lady reveals what festive songs and cooking activities she enjoys the most with her family for the cover feature, titled Christmas at the White House Hot chocolate and a fire in the Yellow Oval room are also savored traditions.
And Sasha appears to be the resident family baker. "Sasha is our big cookie maker," Mrs Obama said. "It's one of the major activities the girls do when they have friends over."
Another special tradition from the First Lady's childhood is collecting small presents upon the completion of a festive performance.
"I've hula-hooped, done a dog trick with Bo and read poems," she confessed. "The kids will sing or put on plays. The President and some of the other dads will get together and do a song."
As for what's on Malia and Sasha's Christmas wish lists, Mrs Obama said "they usually don't have much on their lists, because they understand that anything they need they already have.
The kids are not in the habit of viewing Christmas as a time for getting gifts. It's about spending time with family and gathering with friends."