President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wished their fellow Americans a merry Christmas in a second holiday greeting released by the White House Friday.
In the statement, the first couple acknowledged that this Christmas “might look different than in years past,” but encouraged all to view the time as an opportunity to “show our heartfelt gratitude.”
“In this season of peace, we cherish the warmth, generosity, and faith that breathe life into our holiday gatherings. The love we share with our family and friends fills our hearts with joy, just as the story of Christ’s birth inspires people all over the world,” the statement read, going on to express appreciation for “our sacred right to worship freely.”
The holiday greeting thanks the nation’s men and women in uniform, as well as their families.
“To military families who are unable to celebrate Christmas together this year, our Nation humbly thanks you for your service and sacrifice. We are forever indebted to those who courageously serve our country in uniform — and those who walk alongside them.”
“We also thank our Nation’s first responders, law enforcement officers, and frontline medical professionals who work tirelessly to serve and protect our communities,” the statement continued, “Your daily contributions are an example of the selfless love of God and remind us of the noble principles we strive to live by, especially during this special time of year.”
The message closes with the two wishing every American “a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.”
The first family is spending their Christmas at their Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., where the commander-in-chief took in a morning of golf Friday at his Trump International Golf Course.
It’s unclear when the president will return to the White House, although it’s expected he may arrive back in Washington as soon as New Year’s Day.