President Donald Trump’s first annual Christmas card was unveiled Monday as part of first lady Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations.
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” the card states, followed by signatures from Donald Trump, the first lady and their 11-year-old son Barron.
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The inclusion of the word “Christmas” in the first family’s Christmas card is in stark contrast to former President Barack Obama’s Christmas cards.
The word “Christmas” was absent on all eight of the Obama’s annual Christmas cards, much to the frustration of social conservatives.
The Obama’s opted for a more secular approach in their season’s greetings, typically wishing some form of “Happy Holidays” to recipients.
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“Happy holidays,” the Obama’s 2016 card read. “As our family reflects on our many happy years spent in the White House, we are grateful for the friends we’ve made, the joy we’ve shared, and the gifts of kindness we’ve received. We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.”
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took issue with the Obama’s refusal to mention Chrismas in their 2016 card.
Obama wasn’t the first president to leave out the word “Christmas” in the White House Christmas card in the years since former President Calvin Coolidge began the annual tradition in 1927.
Former President Herbert Hoover was the first to omit the reason for the season in 1929 when he wrote: “The President and Mrs. Hoover cordially reciprocate your holiday greetings.”
Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the second president to omit Chrismas in 1954 when his card read: “Season’s Greetings.”
And former President John F. Kennedy became the third president in 1961 when his card also read: “Season’s Greetings.”
Donald Trump has pledged repeatedly during and after his election victory to bring Chrismas back to the White House.
“We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct,” Donald Trump said during a speech in October at the Values Voter Summit.
“You go to department stores and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year,’ or they’ll say other things and it’ll be red,” he added. “They’ll have it painted.”
“Well guess what? We’re saying Merry Christmas again.” (For more from the author of “White House Releases Trump’s First Christmas Card as President, 1 Huge Difference From Obama’s Card” please click HERE)