To every family across our nation, the First Lady and I want to wish you all a very, very merry Christmas.
For Christians, this is a joyous time to remember God’s greatest gift to the world. More than two thousand years ago the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. He said, ‘Do not be afraid. You have found favor with God.’ The angel told her that she would give birth to a baby boy Jesus, who would be called the Son of the Most High. Nine months later Christ was born in the town of Bethlehem. The Son of God came into the world in a humble stable. As Christians everywhere know, the birth of our Lord and Savior changed history forever. At Christmas, we give thanks to God, and that God sent His only Son to die for us, and to offer everlasting peace to all humanity.
More than two millennia after the birth of Jesus Christ, His teachings continue to inspire and uplift billions and billions of people all over the globe. His divine words still fill our hearts with hope and faith. And Christians everywhere still strive to live by Jesus’s timeless commandment to His disciples, ‘Love one another.’
This year our nation and the world have battled a once in a century pandemic. We have witnessed Christ’s spirit of selflessness and compassion throughout our land. And we have seen God’s mercy and grace, and the goodness of our fellow citizens. Brave doctors, nurses, and first responders have courageously risked their lives to save others. Workers have labored around the clock to produce and deliver life-saving supplies and critical aid. Faith communities have rallied to care for those in need. And Americans across our nation have made profound sacrifices for their neighbors, and for people all over the world.
We are now just days away from delivering millions of doses of a safe and effective vaccine that will soon end this pandemic, and save millions of lives. To night we give thanks for all the of the scientists, researchers, manufacturers, workers, and service members who have worked tirelessly to make this breakthrough possible. It is truly a Christmas miracle, one of the great achievements medically, they say, ever in history.
At this special time of year, we also express our gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. Our hearts and prayers are with the brave members of law enforcement who keep our community safe. And we remember all the heroes of the United States military, especially those who are spending this holiday far from home. We send our love to each and every one them. They are very, very special people.
Above all during this sacred season, our souls are full of thanks and praise for almighty God, for sending us Christ, His Son, to redeem the world. Tonight, we ask that God will continue to bless this nation, and we pray that He will grant every American family a Christmas season full of joy, hope, and peace.
On behalf of Melania and entire Trump family, Merry Christmas to all, and best wishes for a very, very great and happy New Year. Thank you.
— President Donald J. Trump, 2020 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
[Transcribed from the NationalTree.org video of the National Christmas Tree, 2020 lighting ceremony, starting at about 1:02:25.]