President Trump Says Christmas is About Celebrating the Birth of Jesus

Trump wished everyone a 'Merry Christmas' at a tree-lighting ceremony

By Nancy Flory Published on December 1, 2017

At Christmas we celebrate “the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” President Trump declared at the annual tree-lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C. He spoke about the real reason for the Christmas season after Melania lit the tree in President’s Park.

Since the earliest days of our nation, he said, Americans “have known Christmas is a time for prayer and worship.” He continued:

For Christians, this is a holy season, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 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.

History Forever Changed

The birth of Jesus and his life “forever changed the course of human history.” The true joy at Christmas isn’t what we have but who we are as children of God. 

Each and every year, at Christmas time we recognize that 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 at today’s beautiful 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.

Calling the family the “bedrock” of American life, Trump asked for God’s blessings for families and the nation. He 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. God bless you and God bless the United States of America. Merry Christmas everybody!”

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  • Jim Walker

    Now we can all say Merry Christmas again!

    • Bezukhov

      And a Happy Saturnalia to you and yours.

    • Linda

      We always could. Nobody ever stopped us. And my Muslim neighbours over the years have taken great pleasure in wishing me a Merry Christmas and bringing me a little gift.

  • Jeremy L

    Like he cares about Jesus.

    • Some people, it seems, would rather believe fake news stories about the man, and redreggings from years before his conversion than observe the fruits of his labors today.

      • Jeremy L

        The man is the same as he was in the past. No “conversion” ever happened. He is simply saying what he knows you want to hear and doing what he knows you want him to do because he feeds off your praise and adulation.

        • Myth Buster

          Trump went into the campaign actually making fun of religious people two years ago and then about a week later did a dramatic 180-degrees on the subject. It’s an easy YouTube search. People can sit back and listen to the words flow out his mouth and then still say, “it’s fake news.” It’s obvious he’s playing the Christian Right for fools and they just go along. There’s nothing in his past life that would indicate he’s a religious man or even cares about the Bible, prior to 2015. In fact, he’s actually lived a life style that would indicate otherwise. Groping women (17 now have stepped forward), three marriages (adultery involved), never helped the poor out and racist comments to boot. Now, he’ll be making millions off of the poor with his tax cuts for the rich, this being something Jesus would have never supported; yet, the Christian Right will remain silent. AMAZING……..Maybe they should start reading the Bible and living their lives according to Christ? Just a thought.

          • Jeremy L

            Yes!! I remember him angrily tweeting, “You want me to quote a bible verse?! Fine. Trump 20:16…” And then there’s another classic, him pronouncing 2 Corinthians “Two Corinthians.” He clearly knows nothing about the Bible and doesn’t care anything about it. And yes, he’s very clearly always been lustful, vain, and selfish. And it was reported fairly recently that he still makes fun of Mike Pence for being religious as well. It’s amazing how blindly people follow and praise him, such as here, where he’s celebrated as some kind of savior of Christmas (as if Christmas was ever in danger to begin with!)

          • Myth Buster

            I remember him making fun of Catholics with their holy water and eating religious crackers in 2015 and political analysis saying he was finished. However, he was funding his own campaign and did an about face on the religious rhetoric and just moved on. What put Trump over the top was when Jeb Bush (the initial presumptive nominee) flubbed the 2003 Iraq war question and Trump said he thought it was a stupid thing to do. This gave the conservatives cover, who up until that point still supported it, and then all of a sudden they were against it too. As soon as he made the anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim remarks, he “is one of us” and a certain demographic of the population backed him no matter what idiotic things he said afterwards. The continued support of Trump by the Religious Right will eventually be their own undoing. Now, I’m seeing more and more people start viewing them as hypocrites on moral/religious issues and this will damage their reputation for at least a decade down the road. No one will take them seriously. Its sad ….

          • Ken Abbott

            Solely on the point of “Two Corinthians,” that is common British usage. The Baptist preacher Alister Begg, originally from Scotland, routinely cites Scripture references that way.

          • Jeremy L

            Interesting, but doubtful Trump knew that. More likely, he just pronounced “2 Corinthians” as it appeared to him, having never heard the standard American pronunciation (because he never cared to pay attention to religion). Religious and secular Americans with even a passing knowledge of the Bible would know the book as “Second Corinthians” and would refer to it as such.

          • Ken Abbott

            Maybe, maybe not. Either way, it’s trivial, adiaphorous.

        • Thank you and your troll friend for confirming my argument to a T, that some people just do not want to know about a converted man. I used to BE much worse than Trump EVER was, but God converted me. Now I’ve written over 2,000 hymns of the faith (over 1,000 registered with BMI), so when I see the output of Trump’s life TODAY and hear the testimony of people that actually DO know him, I see that the evidence of conversion is there—and, yes, I speak from experience. I do so even when I say, and REPEAT, that some people simply do not want to know.

          • Jeremy L

            People who disagree with you aren’t “trolls.” It’s not relevant that you were “worse than Trump.” We’re not saying a bad person can’t repent, we’re saying Trump never did. From his behavior and words, we see what kind of person he is. Trump in the past and Trump today are identical.

          • The past Trump I hear about (from those who want to bring him down) is NOT the Trump I see. I see desperate, left-wing organizations LYING about everything he is accomplishing today and telling stories about his past, but what I see from Trump is a nation that is turning around because of the efforts of Trump that the MSM refuses to honestly report on. I see a man who has possibly the most Christian-oriented cabinet in the history of the nation, with a President who even lets them lay on hands and pray for him, IN THE OVAL OFFICE. I see a President who, when he senses trouble, or (possibly) a spiritual attack, calls those people together to Washington to pray, in his presence, for him. If that’s not a changed man, nothing is. Take off your blinders and face reality.

          • Jeremy L

            He’s doing/receiving such praying because he knows his supporters like it. Nothing more.

          • Myth Buster

            Jeremy, I think William here has problems with reality.

          • Dean Bruckner

            It’s also obvious to school children that abortion is murder. You agree, right?

          • Myth Buster

            Of course, but we can’t be Cafeteria Christians, picking and choosing the parts that we like to ram down the thoughts of others, whether they agree with them or not, as we overlook the avalanche of other things in the Good Book that we find inconvenient. This is my point.

          • Myth Buster

            I find it amazing the hypo-christians immediate comeback is to simply label people as “trolls” instead of addressing the issues of Christian Scripture and their inconsistent behavior. It’s interesting how that works, isn’t it?

          • Linda

            Hear hear

          • Myth Buster

            Sure, you’ve spoken with the 17 women that claim he sexual groped them, listened to the tape where he admitted doing it in front of Billy Bush and just a few days ago read his tweeted claim it was faked (after he admitted saying it in October 2016). You must also like his tax plan where people making $78,000 and less will be paying more taxes and the top 1% will get 80% of the tax breaks. While the poor will have their taxes increased by 2% for the rich to make more. I wonder if Jesus would have supported that one? So, what God “converted” you? It’s not the God found in the Bible or Jesus of the four gospels.

          • Dean Bruckner

            Shorter Mythbuster: “This woman was caught in adultery, in the very act! Moses commanded us to stone such women! What do you say, Teacher?”

          • Myth Buster

            Didn’t know this. Melania was actually caught in the act? Get me some stones.

      • Dean Bruckner

        I like that Donald Trump cares about Jesus! I’m glad Jeremy agrees! For once it seems the grinch’s small heart grew at least one size!

  • Dean Bruckner

    Prsise the Lord!

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