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First lady reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ to children at hospital

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WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama has made her final Christmastime visit as first lady to a Washington children's hospital.

She was joined Monday by television and radio host Ryan Seacrest.

They read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children and answered some of their questions.

Mrs. Obama says "it's been an honor" to visit the hospital for the past eight Christmas seasons.

She also let the kids meet Bo and Sunny, the family dogs who accompanied her to the hospital.

Mrs. Obama answered several more questions afterward during a brief interview with Seacrest. The program was broadcast to patients throughout the hospital.

First Ladies have been making Christmastime visits to the hospital to cheer sick children since Bess Truman started the tradition in the 1940s.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12:  First Lady Michelle Obama, with her dog Sunny, meets with children during a visit to The Children's National Health System on December 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: First Lady Michelle Obama, with her dog Sunny, meets with children during a visit to The Children's National Health System on December 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12:  First Lady Michelle Obama and TV and Radio Host Ryan Seacrest read holiday stories to children during a visit to The Children's National Health System on December 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: First Lady Michelle Obama and TV and Radio Host Ryan Seacrest read holiday stories to children during a visit to The Children's National Health System on December 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12:  First Lady Michelle Obama and TV and Radio Host Ryan Seacrest read holiday stories to children during a visit to The Children's National Health System on December 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: First Lady Michelle Obama and TV and Radio Host Ryan Seacrest read holiday stories to children during a visit to The Children's National Health System on December 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)