President Bush phoned U.S. troops from Camp David Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush made his traditional Christmas Eve calls to members of the U.S. military Monday morning, thanking them for their sacrifice.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says Bush reached out to three soldiers, two sailors, two airmen, two marines and one member of the coast guard serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.
Perino says the President said the country was proud of them, and that he is proud to serve as their commander in chief. He also thanked the service members for their contributions to the country, and for serving a cause that is "very noble."
According to Perino, the president went on to say he understood it's hard for their children not to have them at home for the holidays, but that as they get older they will appreciate the sacrifices their parents made to keep the country safe.
Perino says Bush also asked the service members to pass on to those serving with them a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are spending the Christmas holiday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
Joining them are Mrs. Bush's mother, Jenna Welch, daughters Jenna and Barbara, and President Bush's siblings Doro Bush Koch and Marvin Bush and their families.
Perino said President Bush will be spending the day enjoying time with his family. She said they love being at the presidential retreat, since it's a chance to be outdoors and catch up with one another.
According to a White House press release, the first family and their guests Christmas day will dine on roast turkey, cornbread dressing, pancetta green beans, sweet potato casserole, fresh fruit salad, parker house rolls, red velvet cake and pumpkin and pecan pies.
On December 26, President Bush and his family are scheduled to head to their ranch in Crawford, Texas, where they will spend the remainder of the holidays.
–CNN Correspondent Kathleen Koch