On Thursday, D.C. celebrated with President Trump and First Lady Melania at the White House for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event was hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain.
The ceremony was reportedly full of holiday cheer and fun Christmas music. After the tree was lit, The Beach Boys, Mannheim Steamroller, and other musical artists performed.
This event was significant for President Trump as he has been talking about being able to say "Merry Christmas" during this holiday season since the beginning of his campaign. He said on Twitter, "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."
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke introduced President Trump and First Lady Melania to the stage. The president stood behind a bullet-proof glass enclosure and delivered a speech about the true heart of Christmas- the love of God.
He said, "Christmas is a time for prayer, and worship, for gratitude and good will, for peace and renewal. Melania and I are full of joy at the start of this very blessed season."
"For Christians, this is a holy season- the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," he continued. "The Christmas story begins 2000 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. Whatever our beliefs, we know 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."
President Trump continued, "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 the year. That is what makes every Christmas merry. And that is what we remember in today's beautful 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."
The president concluded, "We pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope and a nation blessed with faith. On behalf of Melania, myself, Barron, all of my children, all of my grandchildren- they're here with us tonight."
Below is the full speech:
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