I'm the hostess in chief, says Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama has opened up about Christmas in the White House, admitting that her role during the holidays is that of a "hostess-in-chief."
"This is the most special time to be in the White House. It's the one time of the year when we really open up the White House," the Politico quoted her as telling Today Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager- former President George W Bush's daughter.
"We have thousands and thousands of visitors just streaming through every day.
"It's beautiful, everything looks great, the smells are magnificent. So it's just special, very special," she said.
The White House has estimated that some 90,000 people will have visited the official residence of the US President during the holidays this year.
"I'm the hostess in chief. We host a number of events here for a whole range of people," she said.
The 48-year-old First Lady said that her daughters Malia and Sasha, now 14 and 11, have full lives that require a little less parental involvement, but they still enjoy the holidays at the White House.
"I think they just love the fact that the house is full of people, and friends, and music," she said.
"You recall, whenever there are receptions downstairs, you hear the music just bubbling up, it's as clear as day," she added.