Number two:

The same friends who have accompanied Obama on every extended vacation he’s had since taking office will meet him again in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood, and he has the same activities on tap-golf, beachfront lounging and a shave ice outing, revealing a president who hasn’t been all that imaginative when it comes to taking time off.

Whew, number three:

“We’ll definitely be getting some shave ice,” Obama said as he detailed his vacation plans in an interview with a Hawaii radio station. “And I’ll probably hit a couple of golf courses.”

Five (hiccup):

“We really just spend time with family, and we have a lot of fun traditions,” first lady Michelle Obama told kids at the Children’s National Medical Center earlier this month. “Even though the kids are getting older, they still like to do the same things over and over again-going to the zoo, going to get shaved ice, swimming in the ocean.”

Six. Worked up a Christmas sweat yet?

Indeed, the staff at Island Snow Shave Ice in Kailua, the town where the Obamas have vacationed for the past three years, prepared this week for a presidential visit after a team of Secret Service agents stopped by to survey the shop. Last year, when Obama stopped by Island Snow-and placed the same order he did the year before-he even hinted at his own predictability.

Umm, err, what were we up to?

“I’m a traditionalist,” Obama said, after he refused the customary shave ice toppings: red Japanese Azuki beans and vanilla sweetened condensed milk.

Merry Christmas, Mr. President.

Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.