Presidential Christmas Messages – Herbert Hoover

Presidential Christmas Messages

Since 1870, the United States has officially celebrated Christmas as a nation and as a result has declared as a nation the belief in the coming of the Savior to earth. Just as the official Thanksgiving proclamations of the Presidents declare that our nation depends upon the grace and mercy of the LORD God to exist, the celebration of Christmas declares the nation’s faith in the manifestation of that grace and mercy in the birth of the Messiah.

Herbert Hoover

President Hoover and family in front of the Nation’s Christmas Tree in Sherman Square, Christmas Day, 1931. (Photo: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum)
President Hoover and family in front of the Nation’s Christmas Tree in Sherman Square, Christmas Day, 1931. (Photo: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum)

Christmas Message to Disabled Veterans.
December 20, 1929
To all disabled ex-service men and women:

I send you cordial Christmas greetings and my best wishes for your happiness in the new year, and I do pray for your restoration to health. Your country has not forgotten you and will not forget. The Nation’s pride in your valor and devotion, and its gratitude for the service you have rendered, are manifest in its continued concern for your welfare and in its warm sympathy and regard for you.

Christmas Greeting to the Nation.
December 24, 1929
Public Papers of the Presidents

MAY I have the privilege of wishing you all, and the great unseen audience, both a merry Christmas and a most happy new year ?

Note: The President’s greeting was delivered at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Sherman Square near the White House. The ceremony was broadcast nationwide.

The President touched a button to light the tree but was not scheduled to speak. As the ceremony concluded, however, he stepped to the microphone to deliver his impromptu greeting. The text of his greeting is quoted from a contemporary newspaper report.

Christmas Message to Disabled Veterans.
December 20, 1930
To All Disabled Veterans:

Again I send you my Christmas Greeting and best wishes for your happiness in the New Year, with renewed assurances of the Nation’s grateful remembrance of your service and sacrifices.

I do pray that the New Year will bring you many blessings and new hope for the future; to those in hospitals, or ill in their homes, restoration of health; and to all, more of comfort and contentment.

The Nation is ever mindful of your patience and fortitude, is vigilant in your behalf, and so long as your need endures will respond with devotion to your service.

HERBERT HOOVER

Christmas Greeting to the Nation.
December 24, 1930
Fellow citizens of Washington and my countrymen everywhere:

It is a great privilege to join in this community effort and it is a greater privilege even to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Note: The President spoke at 6 p.m. at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Sherman Square near the White House. Prior to speaking he pressed a button lighting the tree.

Message to the Nation’s Christmas Tree Association of California.
December 25, 1930
To the Nation’s Christmas Tree Association of California:

Christmas is the children’s day and older folk can enter into its joys only when led by their hands.

HERBERT HOOVER
Note: O. S. Hubbard, superintendent of schools in Fresno, Calif., read the President’s message at a ceremony around the “Nation’s Christmas tree,” a giant Sequoia in Grant National Park.

 

Christmas Message to Disabled Veterans.
December 20, 1931
To All Disabled Veterans:

It is my privilege to convey to you at this holiday season the nation’s tribute of remembrance and gratitude for your service in defense of our country.

Your sacrifices and sufferings have called forth the solicitude of the nation expressed in the services which have been established to minister to your needs.

In extending to you a greeting of good cheer at Christmas I express my earnest personal wish and that of all our people that the New Year may bring to you abundant blessings of contentment, health, hope and restoration. I send you renewed assurance of the nation’s gratitude and devotion to your needs.

HERBERT HOOVER

Christmas Greeting to the Nation.
December 24, 1931
Mr. Vice President, the people of Washington and of our whole country-wide:

This is the season and this is the occasion when the whole Nation unites in good cheer and good wishes. We dedicate it particularly to our children, and we give devotion to the faith from which it is inspired.

It gives me great pleasure to join in this ceremony of the lighting of this tree, which is indeed symbolic of that in every household in our country. I ardently wish to every home a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Note: The President spoke at 5 p.m. during ceremonies in which he lighted the national community Christmas tree in Sherman Square, Washington, D.C. The National Broadcasting Company radio network carried the remarks. As printed above, this item follows the text set forth in a contemporary news account.

Message to the Nation’s Christmas Tree Association.
December 25, 1931
To the Nation’s Christmas Tree Association:

Your annual Christmas service held at the foot of a living tree antedating the birth of Christ, is a dramatic and inspiring event of national interest. It symbolizes and vivifies our greatest Christian festival with its eternal message of unselfishness, joy and peace.

HERBERT HOOVER
Note: The message was read at the annual ceremony around the General Grant tree in Grant National Park, Calif. The tree, believed to be the world’s oldest living thing, had been designated in 1925 as the Nation’s Christmas tree.

Christmas Message to Disabled Veterans.
December 20, 1932
To All Disabled Veterans:

Once more it is my privilege to send to you my cordial Christmas greetings and an earnest wish that the New Year will bring you restoration of health and much happiness.

Your country’s continued remembrance of your sacrifices in its behalf is evidenced in the establishment and maintenance of a vast service dedicated to your needs; its gratitude and affection you have always.

That the New Year may bring you many blessings and a complete return to health is my heartfelt wish.

HERBERT HOOVER

Message to the Nation’s Christmas Tree Association.
December 25, 1932
“Your Christmas service held each year at the foot of a living tree which was alive at the time of the birth of Christ, has now for several years lent an inspiring note to the celebration of Christmas. It should be continued as a further symbol of the unbroken chain of life leading back to this great moment in the spiritual life of mankind.”

Note: The message was sent to Treffle R. LaSenay, Nation’s Christmas Tree Association, Fresno, Calif.

The message was read at the annual ceremony at the base of the General Grant redwood in General Grant National Park. The tree, believed to be the world’s oldest living thing, had been designated in 1925 as the Nation’s Christmas tree.

 

 

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