President Trump and first lady Melania were joined by talk show host Kathy Lee Gifford, actor Dean Cain, the Beach Boys, the Manheim Steamrollers and a variety of other entertainers, who helped the Trump’s to bring Christmas back to the White House.

As they lit the National Christmas Tree at the White House Thursday evening, Donald Trump told the crowd:

“We want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas, a happy New Year, have unbelievable holidays, and we are now going to light a very beautiful tree,” Mr. Trump said. “And I’ll ask our first lady to get ready and maybe we’ll do a countdown from 10.”

“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. On behalf of Melania, myself, Barron, all of my children, all of my grandchildren– they’re here with us tonight– I want to thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much, Merry Christmas, everybody.”

President Trump then took to Twitter to post videos from the event, and to share a beautiful message of Christmas blessings that he shared with everyone who attended the Christmas kick-off event at the White House.

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President Trump tweeted about today being a day he has very much been looking forward to:

Today is a day that I’ve been looking very much forward to ALL YEAR LONG. It is one that you have heard me speak about many times before.

Now, as President of the United States, it is my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

President Trump then tweeted a short clip of himself reading about the true meaning of Christmas, standing next to our smiling and stunning First Lady:

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.

Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life…

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