White House photographer Pete Souza explained the story behind the Obama family's final White House Christmas card
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It turns out we have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to thank for the Obama family’s stunning final White House Christmas card.

White House photographer Pete Souza took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal the story behind the Obamas’ holiday card, noting that it was the Canadian prime minister who urged him to take the headline-making photo.

Souza recalled the White House honoring Trudeau at the State Dinner in March, and noted that the Trudeau family mingled with the Obamas on the Truman Balcony.

“At one point, the Prime Minister asked if we could do a photo of he and his wife with the Obama family. Click, click, click. Then, he said I should do a photo of just the Obama’s (sic),” Souza wrote “I could have said, ‘sir we already did one before you arrived.’ But instead, I clicked off a few quick frames.”

He continued: “And lo and behold, it was this picture that Justin Trudeau asked me to take which everyone loved as the choice for the 2016 White House holiday card.”

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In the card, the First Family sported wide smiles on the balcony. The First Daughters were present, and posed alongside their parents with President Barack Obama embracing Sasha, 15, and First Lady Michelle Obama holding Malia, 18.

The entire Obama family signed the card — which included two paw prints from dogs Sunny and Bo!

Thank you, Justin Trudeau. Thank you.