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STORYLINE: WHITEHOUSE.GOV - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington, D.C. SCRIPT:THE PRESIDENT: Hello everybody, and happy holidays.THE FIRST LADY: We know how busy this time of year is for everyone, so we're not going to take much of your time.But we did want to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas, from our family to yours.THE PRESIDENT: This is a season for millions of Americans to be togetherwith family, to continue long-held holiday traditions, and to show ourgratitude to those we love. And along the way, some of us might even watcha little basketball or eat some Christmas cookies, too.THE FIRST LADY: Here at the White House, over the past few weeks, we've hadabout 70,000 people from all across the country come visit us and look atour holiday decorations.This year's theme was "Gather Around: Stories of the Season."And in every room of the house, we tried to tell a story about who we are as Americans and how we celebrate the holidays together.And we made certain to highlight some of the most powerful stories we know - the stories of our outstanding troops, veterans, and military families andtheir service and sacrifice for our country.THE PRESIDENT: Our extraordinary men and women in uniform are serving sothat the rest of us can enjoy the blessings we cherish during the holidays. But that means many of our troops are far from home and far from family.They're spending some extra time on the phone with their loved ones backhome. Or they're setting up video chats so they can watch as the presentsare opened. So today, we want all of our troops to know that you're in ourthoughts and prayers this holiday season.And here's the good news: For many of our troops and newest veterans, thismight be the first time in years that they've been with their families onChristmas. In fact, with the Iraq war over and the transition inAfghanistan, fewer of our men and women in uniform are deployed in harm'sway than at any time in the last decade.THE FIRST LADY: And that's something we all can be thankful for.And with more and more of our troops back here at home, now it's our turn to serve - it's our turn to step up and show our gratitude for the militaryfamilies who have given us so much.And that's why Jill Biden and I started our Joining Forces initiative - torally all Americans to support our military families in ways large and small.And again and again, we have been overwhelmed by the response we've gottenas folks from across the country have found new ways to give back to thesefamilies through their schools, businesses, and houses of worship.THE PRESIDENT: That's the same spirit of giving that connects all of usduring the holidays. So many people all across the country are helping outat soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food orclothing drives for their neighbors. For families like ours, that serviceis a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us- to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and lookafter the sick; to be our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper. And for all of us as Americans, regardless of our faith, those are values that candrive us to be better parents and friends, better neighbors and bettercitizens.THE FIRST LADY: So as we look to the New Year, let's pledge ourselves toliving out those values by reaching out and lifting up those in ourcommunities who could use a hand up.THE PRESIDENT: So Merry Christmas, everyone. And from the two of us, aswell as Malia, Sasha, Grandma, BoTHE FIRST LADY: And Sunny, the newest Obama.THE PRESIDENT: We wish you all a blessed and safe holiday season.THE FIRST LADY: Happy holidays everybody, and God bless.STORYLINE: President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas by volunteering at a soup kitchen, buying gifts for kids in need, or organizing food and clothing drives.In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the values Jesus taught can spur Americans of all faiths to be better parents, friends, neighbors and citizens.First lady Michelle Obama says the nation should show gratitude by supporting military members and their families.The Obamas recorded the Christmas message in Washington before leaving Friday for their annual vacation in Hawaii.