Obamas mark holidays with cookies and cocoa

The White House is getting into the holiday spirit with cookies, music and a tree.

Michelle Obama will welcome the official White House Christmas tree to the executive mansion on Friday.

The 18.5-foot Douglas Fir will be on display in the Blue Room.

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The first lady told Ladies Home Journal that Christmas in the White House means hot chocolate, a fire in the Yellow Oval Room's fireplace and James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole playing in the background.

"The kids tease me that they know it’s Christmas when I pull out my playlist," she told the magazine, according to the New York Daily News.

And one tradition she keeps from childhood is having family members perform to collect small presents.

"I’ve hula-hooped, done a dog trick with Bo and read poems,” she said. "The kids will sing or put on plays. The president and some of the other dads will get together and do a song."

The first lady, who's known for advocating healthy eating through her Let's Move! initiative, also indulges in some sweet treats during the festive season.

"Sasha is our big cookie maker," Obama told the magazine. "It’s one of the major activities the girls do when they have friends over."

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the first lady will welcome military families to the White House to view the 2013 holiday decorations. Many of the decorations will honor military families.

In an essay for Time magazine's Thanksgiving edition, Obama said she is grateful for military families.

"This Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll join us in expressing your gratitude to our military families, not just with words, but with action. If you’re a teacher or a PTA member, work to support military kids in your school. If you’re a lawyer, an accountant or a counselor, offer your services pro bono to military families. If you own a small business or do HR for a big one, try to hire more military spouses. There are so many ways to give back: go to www.joiningforces.gov to find out more. And if we all do our part, I’m confident that together, we can serve our military families as well as they serve this country," she wrote.