First family forced to perform for Christmas gifts

Christmas is no day off for the first family, because according to Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama says upcoming memoir shares the 'ordinariness of a very extraordinary story' Colbert: Melania Trump’s jacket was ‘one message she did not steal from Michelle Obama’ Melania Trump puzzles with 'I really don't care' jacket MORE, everyone has to work it to snag a present from Santa.

The first lady revealed one of the Obamas’ yearly Christmas traditions with friends and family, telling Yahoo! Shine, “Instead of giving gifts, we have sort of a grab bag of gifts … And in order to get your gift from the grab bag — and these are very inexpensive gifts — you have to perform. Sing, dance, hula-hoop, do a skit, do an imitation, it doesn’t matter what, but everybody has to do something.”

Aha! Maybe that’s how Michelle Obama perfected her hula-hooping skills (in 2009 she completed an impressive 142 hoop rotations right in front of reporters’ eyes).

Jill Biden also gave a peek into what Christmas morning looks like in the vice president’s residence, saying that “no one can go downstairs until Joe goes down first … So Joe checks that Santa’s been there and everything’s OK. And then we all go down the steps as a family.”