A Christmas Message

A portion of the Christmas message from President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. Dec. 24, 1981.

The Nativity story of nearly twenty centuries ago is known by all faiths as a hymn to the brotherhood of man. For Christians, it is the fulfillment of age-old prophecies and the reaffirmation of God’s great love for all of us. Through a generous Heavenly Father’s gift of His Son, hope and compassion entered a world weary with fear and despair and changed it for all time.

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But, most of all, we experience it in our hearts. For, more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man.

The feeling is seen in the wondrous faces of children and in the hopeful eyes of the aged. It overflows the hearts of cheerful givers and the souls of the caring. And it is reflected in the brilliant colors, joyful sounds, and beauty of the winter season.

Let us resolve to honor this spirit of Christmas and strive to keep it throughout the year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

1 reply
  1. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    How wise and courageous, President Reagan was. He spoke of his belief in Christ, and Americans knew their President was a leader. It is a struggle now, to strive to keep the spirit of Christmas throughout the year. But have we become such wimps that we aren’t as strong as those who keep their faith in Muslim countries, in Tibet, China or Russia where you are killed for your belief in Christ? We are blessed to have been born in America or emigrated and become citizens of this beautiful, generous nation. We have it easy to practice our religion here. Thanks President Reagan for expressing the honor we have to resolve to keep His spirit throughout the year.

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