The first family of the United States unveiled its holiday card earlier this week, just one of many other steps that complete President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to start saying “Merry Christmas” again in this country — and signaling to the rest of the world what a huge difference a year can make.
Embossed in gilded script, the traditional sentiment inside the Trump family Christmas card, signed by President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their young son, Barron, reflects the reason for the season — Christ’s glorious Nativity.
The gesture also elevates Christmas to its proper, and original, place in American culture as a religious and Christian holiday — not merely a secular shopping extravaganza, or another excuse to party.
The Trump Christmas card is also a refreshing and long overdue departure from the Obama family’s politically correct “Happy Holidays” message last year and in other years, devoid of any real meaning.
And while a shift in wording from “Happy Holidays” to “Merry Christmas” might seem insignificant to those who hold a secular view of the holiday altogether, to others, especially Christians, this is one of the holiest days of the year, met with joy and anticipation.
This pathos is reflected in the lyrics of a popular Christmas carol: “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him born the King of angels. O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord … ”