December 25, 2001
Good morning, and Merry Christmas. During this time of conflict and challenge,
Christmas is a day on which we celebrate hope and joy; when our thoughts turn
to justice and compassion, and to a Prince of Peace born long ago.
This is a day on which we give thanks for the wonder of God's love, for the
blessings we have received, and for the families we love. And this year all
of these things seem particularly important.
Charles Dickens wrote that Christmas is a time when abundance rejoices and want
is keenly felt. This Christmas finds many facing hurt and loss, especially the
families of terror victims and of our young men killed in battle. America grieves
with you, and we hope you'll especially find the comfort and hope of Christmas.
Laura and I send our good wishes to all the families in America that have come
together in celebration. We're especially grateful to all the men and women
of our military, many of whom are today separated from their loved ones because
they're serving our country.
Even in this time of war, we pray for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men,
and we continue to ask God's blessings on the United States.