Madison resident Pete Souza served as President Obama's chief official White House photographer for eight years. That meant Souza spent almost every day -- except when the President was traveling -- at the White House. And when the President took a Christmas break in Hawaii, so did Souza.
It was his second stint working at the White House, having also served as a photographer during the Reagan presidency.
Souza settled in Madison earlier this year, and the State Journal asked him to share some of his photos from the holiday season as part of our 12 Gifts to our Readers series. You can read more of Souza's recollections here.