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Obamas spending low-key Christmas Eve in Hawaii

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   HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama and his family are spending a low-key Christmas Eve out of the spotlight.

   They're being joined at their Hawaiian vacation home by a close circle of family and friends that typically joins the president for his annual visit. They include Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who lives in the Hawaii with her family, and several friends the president has known since high school.

   The president spent his first morning in the state at a multimillion-dollar vacation home his family rents in the Kailua Beach area, near Honolulu. He skipped his standard early morning gym workout, and headed to the golf course later Saturday.

   First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, got into the Christmas spirit by helping track Santa for the North American Aerospace Defense Command which has been telling anxious children about Santa's whereabouts every year since 1955.

   The White House says Mrs. Obama answered several calls from children around the country who wanted to know how close Santa was to their homes.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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