During Barack and Michelle Obama’s time in the White House, they ignored Christmas as much as possible despite claiming to be proud Christians themselves. Now that President Donald Trump is in office, however, he is making it clear that he’s bringing Christmas back to the White House in a huge way.
Western Journalism reported that when President Trump’s first Christmas card was unveiled on Monday as part of First Lady Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations, Americans immediately noticed one huge difference from Obama’s cards.
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” stated the card, which included signatures from President Trump, the first lady and their 11-year-old son Barron.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 27, 2017
The difference here is the inclusion of the word “Christmas,” which was not mentioned once in Obama’s eight Christmas cards. Instead, the Obama family chose a more secular approach in their season’s greetings, typically wishing some form of “Happy Holidays” to recipients.
MY AUNT GOT A DAMN CHRISTMAS CARD FROM OBAMA pic.twitter.com/3Hl0DMKVz4
— taylor (@dornanstyles) January 3, 2017
“Happy holidays,” the Obama family’s 2016 card read. “As our family reflects on our many happy years spent in the White House, we are grateful for the friends we’ve made, the joy we’ve shared, and the gifts of kindness we’ve received. We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.”
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin called Obama out for this last year.
"Merry Christ… er… scratch that. "We Are the Obamas and It's Some Random Holiday!" https://t.co/lyXGK4woql
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) December 11, 2016
Trump has repeatedly promised to bring Christmas back to the White House.
“We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct,” Trump said during a speech last month. “You go to department stores and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year,’ or they’ll say other things and it’ll be red. They’ll have it painted. Well guess what? We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”