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“Tonight, in mil­lions of Amer­i­can homes, the glow of the Christ­mas tree is a re­flec­tion of the love Je­sus taught us. Like the shep­herds and wise men of that first Christ­mas, we Amer­i­cans have al­ways tried to fol­low a higher light, a star, if you will. At lonely camp­fire vig­ils along the fron­tier, in the dark­est days of the Great De­pres­sion through war and peace, the twin bea­cons of faith and freedom have bright­ened the Amer­i­can sky. At times our foot­steps may have fal­tered, but trust­ing in God’s help, we’ve never lost our way,” Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan noted in his Christ­mas greet­ing to the nation on Dec. 23, 1981.

“Just across the way from the White House stand the two great em­blems of the hol­i­day sea­son: a Meno­rah, sym­bol­iz­ing the Jewish fes­ti­val of Hanukkah, and the Na­tional Christ­mas Tree, a beau­ti­ful tow­er­ing blue spruce from Penn­syl­va­nia. Like the Na­tional Christ­mas Tree, our coun­try is a liv­ing, grow­ing thing planted in rich Amer­i­can soil. Only our de­voted care can bring it to full flower. So, let this hol­i­day sea­son be for us a time of reded­i­ca­tion.”

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