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Highlight Clip of Historic Voices Podcast: Christmas Message by President Ronald Reagan

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Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture
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In this snippet from the Historic Voices Podcast, hear a Christmas address from Ronald Reagan that was originally aired in 1981.
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In this snippet from the Historic Voices Podcast, hear a Christmas address from Ronald Reagan that was originally aired in 1981.
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good evening at Christmas time. Every home takes on a special beauty, a special warmth. That's certainly true of the White House, where so many famous Americans have spent their Christmas is over the years, this final home, the People's House has seen so much been so much a part of all our lives in history. G. K. Chesterton once said that the world would never starve for wonders, but only for the want of wonder. At this special time of year, we all renew our sense of wonder in recalling the story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem nearly 2000 years ago. Some celebrate Christmas is the birthday of a great and good philosopher and teacher. Others of us believe in the divinity of the child born in Bethlehem that he was and is the promised prince of Peace. Yes, we've questioned why he who could perform miracles chose to come among us as a helpless babe. But maybe that was his first miracle, his first great lesson that we should learn to care for one another tonight. In millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love Jesus taught us like the shepherds and wise men of that first Christmas. We Americans have always tried to follow a higher light. A star, if you will, That'll only campfire vigils along the frontier. In the darkest days of the Great Depression, toe war and peace, the twin beacons of faith and freedom have brightened the American sky that times are footsteps may have folded but trusting in God's help. We've never lost our way. Just across the way from the White House stand the two great emblems of the holiday season, a menorah symbolizing the Jewish festival of Hanukkah and the National Christmas tree, a beautiful, towering blues blues from Pennsylvania. Like the National Christmas tree, our country is a living growing thing planted in rich American soil. Onley are devoted. Care can bring it to full flower. So let this holiday season be for us, a time of rededication. Christmas means so much because of one special child. But Christmas also reminds us that all Children are special. That they are gifts from God gives beyond price that mean more than any presence money can buy in their love and laughter get our hopes for their future. Why is the true meaning of Christmas. So in a spirit of gratitude for what we've been able to achieve together over the past year and looking forward to all that we hope to achieve together in the years ahead, Nancy and I want to wish you all the best. A holiday seasons ast Charles Dickens Who said so well in a Christmas Carol. God bless us, everyone.
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