religion which came to the world heralded by the song of the Angels has
endured for nineteen centuries...It remains today the world's best hope
for peace if the world will accept its fundamental teaching that all
men are brothers.
'God that made the world and all things
therein...hath made of one blood all nations of man for to dwell on all
the face of the earth.'
In the spirit of that message from the Acts of the Apostles, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas."
On Christmas Eve, DECEMBER 24, 1949, President Harry S Truman lit the National Christmas Tree, stating:
first Christmas had its beginning in the coming of a Little
Child...Through that child love...the love of the Holy Family could be
shared by the whole human family...
I have been reading again in
our family Bible some of the passages which foretold this night. It was
that grand old seer Isaiah who prophesied in the Old Testament the
sublime event which found fulfillment almost 2,000 years ago.
as Isaiah foresaw the coming of Christ, so another battler for the
Lord, St. Paul, summed up the law and the prophets in a glorification of
love which he exalts even above both faith and hope.
We miss the spirit of Christmas if we consider the Incarnation...a far-off event unrelated to our present problems.
miss the purpose of Christ's birth if we do not accept it as a living
link which joins us together in spirit as children of the everliving and
In love alone - the love of God and the love of man -
will be found the solution of all the ills which afflict the world
With increasing purpose, emerges the great message of Christianity...
the spirit of the Christ Child - as little children with joy in our
hearts and peace in our souls - let us, as a nation, dedicate ourselves
anew to the love of our fellowmen...the message of the Child of
Bethlehem, the real meaning of Christmas."
On Christmas Eve, DECEMBER 24, 1952, President Harry S Truman lit the National Community Christmas Tree, stating:
we light this National Christmas tree tonight, here on the White House
lawn - as all of us light our own Christmas trees in our own homes - we
remember another night long ago.
Then a Child was born in a
stable. A star hovered over, drawing wise men from afar. Shepherds, in a
field, heard angels singing...That was the first Christmas and it was
God's great gift to us...
Year after year it brings peace and tranquility to troubled hearts in a troubled world.
And tonight the earth seems hushed, as we turn to the old, old story of how 'God
so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'
us remember always to try to act and live in the spirit of the Prince
of Peace. He bore in His heart no hate and no malice-nothing but love
for all mankind. We should try as nearly as we can to follow His
We believe that all men are truly the children of God. As we worship at this Christmastide, let us worship in this spirit...
Through Jesus Christ the world will yet be a better and a fairer place...
wish for all of you a Christmas filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
and many years of future happiness with the peace of God reigning upon