WASHINGTON (CNN) – It's hard to imagine a tough guy from Texas shopping for a pocketbook, but President Bush gave his wife a new purse and a silver tray for Christmas, according to an aide to First Lady Laura Bush.
Sally McDonough, the First Lady's spokeswoman, said that in turn Mrs. Bush is helping quench the President's thirst for vigorous bike rides, even during the frosty months. "For the President, Mrs. Bush is helping to outfit him for cold weather mountain biking," said McDonough. "With a new coat and warming soles."
Meanwhile, the President and Mrs. Bush gave their daughters, Jenna and Barbara, unspecified "household items for their apartments," according to McDonough.
The twin girls are among several family members spending the Christmas holiday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. Others attending the celebration included the First Lady's mother, Jenna Welch, as well as two of the President's siblings - sister Doro Bush Koch and brother Marvin - along with their families.
The family dined on a luncheon feast that included roast turkey, sweet potato casserole and no less than three desserts: red velvet cake as well as pecan and pumpkin pies, according to a menu released by the White House.
The President will get a chance to digest all of that, and prepare for a busy year ahead, starting Wednesday when he heads to Crawford, Texas, to spend a few days relaxing at his ranch through New Year's Day. Bush kicks off a busy year of international travel January 8, when he heads to Israel to work on Mideast peace on a trip that will also include stops in nations like Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
–CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry