President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama urged Americans to help the less fortunate and offered best wishes to troops in a Christmas video message.

The Obamas encouraged people to volunteer in soup kitchens, donate to those in need or even buy gifts for those who are unable.

"For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what he taught us -- to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper. And for all of us as Americans, regardless of our faith, those are values that can drive us to be better parents and friends, better neighbors and better citizens," the president said in his weekly video address.

The president also took time to thank U.S. soldiers, noting that with American forces gone from Iraq and drawing down in Afghanistan, "fewer of our men and women in uniform are deployed in harm’s way than at any time in the last decade."