Christmas is a time of wonder and joy, of generosity and peace, that brings
family and friends together in celebration and song. We sing old hymns and familiar
carols, we show love for others in the giving of gifts, and we observe the hallowed
traditions that make the season special.
This year in the midst of extraordinary times, our Nation has shown the world
that though there is great evil, there is a greater good. Americans have given
of themselves, sacrificing to help others and showing the sprit of love and
sharing that is so much a part of the Christmas season.
According to the Gospel of Luke, two thousand years ago, the savior of mankind
came into the world. Christians believe that Jesus' birth was the incarnation
of God on earth, opening the door to new hope and eternal life.
At Christmastime, Christians celebrate God's love revealed to the world through
Christ. And the message of Jesus is one that all Americans can embrace this
holiday season -- to love one another.
This Christmas we remember those who are without their loved ones. They continue
to be in our hearts and prayers. May they experience peace, and may they find
hope. And as we again celebrate Christ's birth, may the glorious light of God's
goodness and love shine forth from our land.
Laura joins me in wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God's
blessings of peace be upon us and upon the world.