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Signs of Christmas Glow Before Policymakers

While battles continue to intensify at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, signs of the Christmas season are glimmering nonetheless before officials’ eyes. The capital’s national trees are decorated and shine bright in celebration.

Last Thursday, President Obama oversaw the festivities on the White House lawn with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. He declared,

“For centuries, the message of Christmas -- of peace and goodwill to all -- has guided millions of people around the world through good times but also through bad times.  This year is no different. It’s a chance for all of us to open our hearts to the least fortunate among us. It’s a chance to remember what Christ taught us -- that it is truly more blessed to give than to receive, and that the simplest gifts bring the greatest joy. And it’s a chance to count our blessings and give thanks to those outstanding service members who bravely defend them.”

Similarly, at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree on Tuesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) stated,

“The birth of Christ fulfilled a prophecy of salvation, giving a weary world cause to rejoice.  In that spirit, we will bring light to the tree that flourishes as a symbol of everlasting life. And in turn, this tree will bring light to us, opening our hearts a little more to the needs of our neighbors and the covenants we have made with one another. For the celebration of Christmas is not merely the recitation of a story that occurred once upon a time. The real mystery is having that story reborn in our souls, just as the shepherds were stirred by the angels singing, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men.’”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published: December 14, 2012

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