When President Donald Trump presided over the 95th annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, he reminded everyone that Jesus is reason for the season by an invocation at the ceremony that was openly, unapologetically Christian.
“For Christians this is a holy season, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Trump said, according to CNS, standing before a Colorado blue spruce tree that was covered by thousands of lights.
“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 continued.
“Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history.
“There’s hardly an aspect of our lives 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.”
Talk about amazing. We haven’t heard a president talk about Jesus like that in years — and it’s refreshing to hear it now.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke must have known what was coming when he introduced Trump, according to The Associated Press, as “a man who loves our parks, loves our military, and loves our country. The man who brought ‘Merry Christmas’ back to our nation’s capital — and you did, sir.”
The lighting ceremony was followed by an hourlong celebration hosted by NBC’s “Today” show co-host Kathy Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cane.
The Beach Boys, singer Wynnona Judd and the U.S. Navy Band also performed at the event, ABC News reported.
Take a look a portion of the speech Trump gave at the lighting:
Trump also wished his Twitter followers Merry Christmas:
Today is a day that I’ve been looking very much forward to ALL YEAR LONG. It is one that you have heard me speak about many times before.
Now, as President of the United States, it is my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! pic.twitter.com/cTvdlUkfHV
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Trump has made several efforts to follow through on his vow to bring “Merry Christmas” back, and to hear him speak of Jesus this way is an amazing follow-up to that promise.
It’s also a wonderful way to get the season off on to a joyous start.
Of course, liberals will will turn into grinches when they hear what the president said, but they are rarely happy anyway.
For those who are interested, the Hallmark Channel will be airing an episode of the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Dec. 4.
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