President Joe Biden marked his first Christmas as commander in chief by joining his wife, first lady Jill Biden, wishing a merry Christmas to everyone in the United States and around the world.
Their message, sent out by the White House on Saturday afternoon, was devoid of politics or policy, though it does briefly mention the coronavirus pandemic while remarking on how people have persevered during the health crisis.
The White House posted a video on its YouTube channel showing the Bidens, along with their new puppy Commander, thanking U.S. service members on Christmas Day.
Former presidents also wished people a merry Christmas.
"Merry Christmas to all. We will Make America Great Again!" former President Donald Trump said in a statement released by his Save America PAC.
Former President Barack Obama shared a photo of his dog along with a Christmas message.
"Merry Christmas, everybody! This year, I got a little help spreading holiday cheer from Sunny. Wishing you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season with the ones you love," Obama said in a tweet.
Merry Christmas, everybody! This year, I got a little help spreading holiday cheer from Sunny. Wishing you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season with the ones you love. pic.twitter.com/qPF6L5GWEW— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 25, 2021
On Christmas Eve, the Bidens visited the Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., to greet patients, families, and staff.
The Bidens also participated in calls associated with the North American Aerospace Defense Command for Christmas. One caller trolled the president, saying, "Let's go Brandon."
Last month, Jill Biden unveiled the theme for the 2021 White House holiday season: "Gifts from the Heart."
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The Christmas statement from the Bidens is posted below:
"On behalf of our family, we wish a merry Christmas to everyone in the United States and around the world who is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and the promise of hope and renewal.
"During this season of joy, we are inspired by the countless Americans who are a reminder that the things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family, and friendship; a love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace. These are the gifts from the heart.
"Looking back at this year, we’ve seen enormous courage, character, resilience, and resolve in all of you who heal, comfort, teach, and protect and serve in ways big and small. You show there is much to gain in appreciation and gratitude for the gift of time and goodwill we share as we look out for one another. Again and again, you show how our differences are precious and our similarities infinite.
"We are also keeping in our prayers all of you who have lost loved ones during this pandemic and for whom this Christmas falls on heavy hearts. We pray for you to find strength from sorrow and purpose from pain.
"We pray for our service members and their families, and thank them for their service and sacrifice.
"And, for the nation, we pray for the promise found in Scripture — of finding light in the darkness, which is also perhaps the most American of things to do.
"As we celebrate our first Christmas in the White House, we see the world through the eyes of the Child born on this day — of hope and love, peace and joy, and of the light that shines within us all.
"This sacred season is yet another reminder that we are a great nation because we are a good people.
"We are forever humbled and grateful to serve as your President and First Lady.
"Merry Christmas, America."