On Thursday, president Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree. The event took place to continue the Holiday tradition.
This is the third time president Donald Trump keeps the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
“We’ll count from five down to that very special number,” the President said, before starting the countdown.
As the President counted down, First Lady Melania Trump threw the switch to light the tree.
The National Park Service planted the tree in President’s Park, just south of the White House, in late October. It has 50,000 lights and 450 giant white star ornaments.
Around the 30-foot (9-meter) tree, there are 56 smaller trees featuring ornaments from every state and territory and the District of Columbia.
Once the tree was litten, Trump shared a message. Among others things, he said the following:
“More than 2,000 years ago, a brilliant star shone in the East,” the President told the crowd in President’s Park.
“Wise men traveled far, far, afield, I mean they were a long distance away, and they came and they stood with us under the star, where they found the holy family in Bethlehem.”
“As the Bible tells us, when the wise men had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and fell down and worshiped him,” Trump said, reading from prepared remarks.
“Christians give thanks that the son of God came into the world to save humanity. Jesus Christ inspires us to love one another with hearts full of generosity and grace,” he said.
Source: CBN News/CNN