Contentious battles continue in the nation’s capital as the year nears its close. Even so, signs of Christmas are evident in Washington.
Recently, President Donald Trump officiated his first lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn, and he took time to focus on the reason for this season of hope, peace, joy, and love. Trump said, “For Christians, this is a holy season – the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 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 declared that the life of Christ “forever changed the course of human history.”
The President also made sure to honor a foundation stone in our society. “Especially tonight, I thank America’s families,” he said. “At Christmas we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life.”
Similarly, while leading the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) focused on the power of Christmas:
After hearing the news, the shepherds knew they had to go see for themselves what this was all about. “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened,” they said. That is the true spirit of Christmas, isn’t it? Amid our cares and troubles, we gather to see for ourselves that the light overcomes the darkness. We seek out the joy and the good in the world. We give back to those in need. We lend a hand to those in pain.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: December 15, 2017