(CNN) - After weeks of squabbling over extending the payroll tax cut, Republicans and President Barack Obama turned their focus on the holidays in their weekly addresses Saturday.
The addresses, which typically ding the opposite side on policy matters, struck a nonpartisan note by thanking troops for serving over Christmas.
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Obama, who delivered the address with first lady Michelle Obama, expressed specific gratitude to troops returning from Iraq.
"For many military families, the best gift this year is a simple one – welcoming a loved one back for the holidays," the president said. "You see, after nearly nine years, our war in Iraq is over. Our troops are coming home. And across America, military families are being reunited. So let's take a moment to give thanks for their service; for their families' service; for our veterans' service."
Michelle Obama echoed the sentiment, directing listeners to a government website linking volunteers with opportunities to help veterans.
"This holiday season, let's make sure that all of them know just how much we appreciate everything they do," the first lady said. "Let's ask ourselves, "How can I give back? How can my family serve them as well as they've served us?"
In the weekly Republican address, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence thanked veterans by harking back to another holiday season.
"It was during another Christmas season in 1776, that a bold general led his weary army across the Delaware River on Christmas night. That night, George Washington won a battle that turned out to be a defining moment in the history of our still young nation," Pence said.
He continued, "This night let us not forget those who still stand in harm's way far from home so we can enjoy this season in peace and freedom."