Obama at White House Christmas Tree lighting: Christmas season is “a chance to remember what Christ taught us”

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES President Obama speaks after lighting of the National Christmas tree Thursday in Washington. This year is … Continued

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President Obama speaks after lighting of the National Christmas tree Thursday in Washington. This year is the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

President Obama struck an overtly religious tone during Thursday night’s lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, as he had in previous tree-lightings:

The president made similar comments during previous tree lighting ceremonies –calling attention to Christmas’s meaning for Christians and drawing lessons from the holiday for people of all faiths.

Obama’s 2011 speech:

And in 2010:

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Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
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