December 25th – Monday

Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? – Luke 17:9

Merry Christmas! There have been many holiday traditions throughout the history of the White House. It was during President Harrision’s administration in 1889 that the first known Christmas tree was seen in the White House. In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of setting a theme for the White House Christmas Tree. Her tree was decorated with toys, birds, angels, and characters from the Nutcracker Suite ballet. President Eisenhower set a precedent for multiple Christmas trees, having 26 in the White House. That number was exceeded by President Bush, and then President Obama, who holds the record at 62 trees. As you reflect on White House traditions and engage in Christmas events, take time to meditate on the humble beginnings of your Savior, Jesus.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For governing officials at the federal, state, and local levels to recognize the Savior who came in a manger.
  • With gratitude for the gift the Father gave to humanity, sending His Son as the Redeemer and Reconciler.
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