On Thursday, President Trump made a very intentional point to talk about Christmas and Jesus during his speech at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
“For Christians this is a holy season, a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” he said, before going into detail about what the holiday is all about.
“The Christmas story began 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all – the gift of God’s love for all of humanity,” he said. “Whatever our belief, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There is hardly an aspect of our life today that his life has not touched – art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world.”
He didn’t stop there.
“Each and every year at Christmas time we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it’s about who we are. Each one of us is a child of God. That is the true source of joy this time of year,” he added. “That is what we remember during today’s beautiful ceremony. That we are called to serve one another, to love one another, and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world.”
You can watch the whole thing below. It starts at the 1:04:00 mark:
The speech comes on the heals of the president making a point to include the word Christmas in this year’s White House Christmas card:
What did you think of the speech?