President Obama and the first family attended church Sunday at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where they spent the afternoon greeting troops on Christmas Day.

The Obamas attended services at St. Michael's Church, the base's chapel, at 11:05 a.m. local time. The family sat in the front row along with several unnamed friends who joined them on their annual vacation to the president's home state, according to a pool report.


About 100 people were in attendance at the service and a full band and clapping parishioners sang "Joy to the World" as the press pool entered the sanctuary.

Obama went golfing after the church service.

Obama's church appearances as president in Washington have been rare. He attended his sixth service as president in September at St. John's Episcopal Church about one block from the White House.