The final Obama family Christmas card is out, and the viral holiday greeting shows just how much First Daughters Sasha and Malia have grown in the last eight years.
The card was sent out this week to a select group of media and supporters, and copies have been showing up on social media from the lucky few able to get their hands on it. As the final holiday greetings from one of the most popular First Families in modern presidential history, it went viral pretty quickly.
Copies of the Obama Christmas card were shared online, especially among those sad to see the Obamas leaving the White House.
The card shows Barack Obama along with his wife, Michelle, and daughters, 18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha. It was taken at a state dinner in March honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As Hollywood Life noted, it was actually the first time ever that the first daughters attended a state dinner, and both wore gowns designed by Naeem Khan with a price tag of more than $20,000.
The Obama family Christmas card showed just how much the First Daughters have grown up in the last eight years. Malia was 10-years-old and her sister Sasha (whose full first name is actually Natasha) was 7 when the family first moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in early 2009.
This year’s Obama family Christmas card was actually the first time since 2011 that the first family dogs, Bo and Sunny, weren’t included in the family’s card, but there were two paw prints inside to represent the pets.
The inside also has a personal Christmas message from the Obama family.
“As our family reflects on our many happy years spent in the White House, we are grateful for the friends we’ve made, the joy we’ve shared, and the gifts of kindness we’ve received. We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.”
Those hoping to get their hands on a copy of the Obama family Christmas card will likely be out of luck, however. As the Christian Science Monitor reported back in 2009, the list of people who actually get a physical copy of the card is quite small and limited to insiders and those already inside the White House inner circle.
“White House holiday cards go to political supporters, people who the administration wishes were political supporters, people who have fooled the administration into thinking they are political supporters, and staff. And the staff’s friends. And, yes, the media.”
While it may be difficult to get your own copy of the Obama family Christmas card, it’s actually a bit easier to get another kind of official greeting from the White House — assuming you have a big milestone to celebrate. The White House’s website offers greetings for weddings, anniversaries, retirements, and even birthdays, though there are some stipulations.
For example, birthday cards from the White House are only sent to those celebrating their 80th birthday (or greater) or for veterans celebrating their 70th (or greater). Retirement greetings are available for those who have given at least 20 years of service, and anniversary greetings are for couples who have been together at least 50 years. Baby announcements can go to anyone, but only after the baby is born. And all of these are available only to United States citizens.
Anyone who wants to see the Obama family Christmas card can find plenty of copies on social media — and if they really want a hard copy, they can always print it out and put it on the mantle.
[Featured Image by Carolyn Kaster/AP Images]