President Trump and First Lady Light Christmas Tree

December 1, 2017 Last Updated: December 1, 2017

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump lit the national Christmas tree at President’s Park in Washington on Nov. 30.

“Now, as the president of the United States, it’s my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas,” Trump said, to a cheering audience.

Trump said he believes Christmas is a very special period.

“Each one of us is a child of God. That is the true source of joy this time of the year. That is what makes every Christmas merry,” he said.

“We are called to serve one another, to love one another, and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world.”

People arrive at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
People arrive at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Audience before the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner bring their children to the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Presient Donald Trump led the countdown before the lights were switched on at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
First Lady Melania Trump switches on the Christmas tree lights at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet the audience at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The Beach Boys play at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The Beach Boys at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The Texas Tenors at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Jack Wagner at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Boys II Boy Ties at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Wynonna performs at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The Mannheim Steamrollers at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Us The Duo perform at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The Navy Band Sea Chanters at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in Washington on Nov. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)