Merry Christmas & Good Will To All

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The Empty Stocking Sermon from The Bishop’s Wife

Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.

Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child’s cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.

But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s his birthday we’re celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that.

Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Merry Christmas from the President and the First Lady

Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as Delivered

Weekly Address

The White House

December 24, 2016

THE PRESIDENT: Merry Christmas everybody! One of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with the special people in your life. And for me, that means getting some help from my best friend for our annual Christmas Weekly Address.

THE FIRST LADY: Given how our first Christmas Weekly Address went, I realized that Barack needed all the help he could get.

[PAUSE]

THE FIRST LADY: Celebrating the holidays in the White House over these past eight years has been a true privilege. We’ve been able to welcome over half a million guests… our outstanding pastry chefs have baked 200,000 holiday cookies… and Barack has treated the American people to countless dad jokes.

THE PRESIDENT: Although a few got a…Frosty reception.

THE FIRST LADY: This year’s White House holiday theme is “The Gift of the Holidays,” and our decorations reflect some of our greatest gifts as a nation: from our incredible military families, to the life-changing impact of a great education.

THE PRESIDENT: And the greatest gift that Michelle and I have received over the last eight years has been the honor of serving as your President and First Lady. Together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years, and got unemployment to a nine-year low. We secured health insurance for another twenty million Americans, and new protections for folks who already had insurance. We made America more respected around the world, took on the mantle of leadership in the fight to protect this planet for our kids, and much, much more.

By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first got here. And I’m hopeful we’ll build on the progress we’ve made in the years to come.

Tomorrow, for the final time as the First Family, we will join our fellow Christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our Savior. And as we retell His story from that Holy Night, we’ll also remember His eternal message, one of boundless love, compassion and hope.

THE FIRST LADY: The idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. That we should treat others as we would want to be treated. And that we care for the sick… feed the hungry… and welcome the stranger… no matter where they come from, or how they practice their faith.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

“as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, as we retell the story of weary travelers, a star, shepherds, Magi, I hope that we also focus ourselves on the message that this child brought to this Earth some 2,000 years ago — a message that says we have to be our brother’s keepers, our sister’s keepers; that we have to reach out to each other, to forgive each other.  To let the light of our good deeds shine for all.  To care for the sick, and the hungry, and the downtrodden.  And of course, to love one another, even our enemies, and treat one another the way we would want to be treated ourselves.”

12/1/16 President Obama

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Norad Santa Tracker

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NORAD uses radar, satellites, Santa cams, and fighter jets to track Santa Claus.
Track Santa’s location: http://www.noradsanta.org

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16 thoughts on “Merry Christmas & Good Will To All

  1. WH

    Friday, December 23, 2016

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    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Mele Kalikimaka Kā kākou!

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    • WEEKLY ADDRESS: Merry Christmas from the President and the First Lady

      Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as Delivered

      Weekly Address

      The White House

      December 24, 2016

      THE PRESIDENT: Merry Christmas everybody! One of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with the special people in your life. And for me, that means getting some help from my best friend for our annual Christmas Weekly Address.

      THE FIRST LADY: Given how our first Christmas Weekly Address went, I realized that Barack needed all the help he could get.

      [PAUSE]

      THE FIRST LADY: Celebrating the holidays in the White House over these past eight years has been a true privilege. We’ve been able to welcome over half a million guests… our outstanding pastry chefs have baked 200,000 holiday cookies… and Barack has treated the American people to countless dad jokes.

      THE PRESIDENT: Although a few got a…Frosty reception.

      THE FIRST LADY: This year’s White House holiday theme is “The Gift of the Holidays,” and our decorations reflect some of our greatest gifts as a nation: from our incredible military families, to the life-changing impact of a great education.

      THE PRESIDENT: And the greatest gift that Michelle and I have received over the last eight years has been the honor of serving as your President and First Lady. Together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years, and got unemployment to a nine-year low. We secured health insurance for another twenty million Americans, and new protections for folks who already had insurance. We made America more respected around the world, took on the mantle of leadership in the fight to protect this planet for our kids, and much, much more.

      By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first got here. And I’m hopeful we’ll build on the progress we’ve made in the years to come.

      Tomorrow, for the final time as the First Family, we will join our fellow Christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our Savior. And as we retell His story from that Holy Night, we’ll also remember His eternal message, one of boundless love, compassion and hope.

      THE FIRST LADY: The idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. That we should treat others as we would want to be treated. And that we care for the sick… feed the hungry… and welcome the stranger… no matter where they come from, or how they practice their faith.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

  3. A very Merry Christmas to you, Ms. CR. Also a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year for you and yours!

    • Why Obama broke with Israel at UN

      12/23/16 06:11 PM EST BY JORDAN FABIAN – TheHill

      The White House’s decision to break with decades of U.S. policy and allow the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is the culmination of years of bad blood between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      The decision won Obama criticism from across the political spectrum, and almost certainly wouldn’t have been made if Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election.

      It opened him up to condemnation from President-elect Donald Trump and the right, and could lead to a battle over U.S. funding for the U.N. in Congress.

      But Obama’s team decided it was worth it.

      Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said the rapid expansion of settlement activity under Netanyahu had put the possibility of a future peace agreement at risk.

      “We could not in good conscience veto a resolution that expressed concerns about the very trends that are eroding the foundation of a two-state solution,” he told reporters.

      For more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/311736-why-obama-broke-with-israel-at-un

  4. WH

    Saturday, December 24, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing in Hawai’i

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    First Lady Participates in NORAD Tracks Santa Program, Answers Phone Calls From Kids

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  5. December 27, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady to Children on NORAD Santa Tracker Calls

    Via Telephone

    11:29 A.M. HAST

    MRS. OBAMA: Hello! This is Michelle Obama, the First Lady. Who is on the phone?

    ADILYN: Adilyn and Aiden.

    MRS. OBAMA: Hey! How are you guys doing?

    ADILYN: We’re good.

    MRS. OBAMA: You’re pretty excited that tonight is Christmas Eve?

    ADILYN AND AIDEN: Yes, ma’am!

    MRS. OBAMA: That sounds good. What do you want for Christmas? What’s one of the things you’re most excited to get tomorrow morning?

    AIDEN: I’m hoping to get a hoverboard.

    MRS. OBAMA: Ooh, those are pretty cool, huh?

    ADILYN: I’m getting a hedgehog tomorrow.

    MRS. OBAMA: Oh wow! That’s going to be really good. Well, I know you guys are excited and you want to know the location of Santa right now — is that why you called?

    AIDEN: Yes, ma’am.

    MRS. OBAMA: Okay, well, I am working with NORAD right now and I’m looking at the computer screen, and right about this time — ooh, I’m detecting something on the radar screen. It is — yes, it is Santa and he is being pulled by reindeer. He is flying right now over Malta. That’s where he is. He’s over that part of the world right now. And there is one lead reindeer with a shiny nose — who do you think that is?

    ADILYN AND AIDEN: Rudolph!

    MRS. OBAMA: That’s Rudolph! He’s pulling him hard and fast. And the weather looks pretty clear over Malta. And right after he flies over Malta, he’s heading towards Italy — Rome, Italy. So he is all the way on the other side of the world. He’s in Europe right now, and he’s heading your way!

    So I think if you want Santa to get there before the morning, you guys have to go to sleep, okay?

    ADILYN AND AIDEN: Yes, ma’am.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/24/remarks-first-lady-children-norad-santa-tracker-calls

  6. WH

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle stop by to thank and wish a Merry Christmas to troops and their families
    Marine Corps Base Hawai’i, Kaneohe Bay, Hawai’i

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  7. December 27, 2016

    Remarks by the President to Servicemembers

    Marine Corps Base Hawaii — Kaneohe Bay

    4:28 P.M. HAST

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Merry Christmas! (Applause.) Aloha! Mele Kalikimaka! (Applause.) Thank you so much.

    Well, I just want to, first of all, thank Colonel Killeen and General Cavanaugh and Sergeant Major Hall and all of you for the unbelievable service that you have rendered our country. This is one of our favorite things to do, because it’s one of those circumstances where we get a chance to not just say thank you to our incredible men and women in uniform but, oftentimes, we also get a chance to see some families.

    And as Michelle and Jill Biden have worked so diligently to tell the rest of the country, not only do our troops serve, but their families serve alongside them. (Applause.) See — (applause) — that’s what she just said.

    And yesterday, during Christmas, something that I’ve been doing every Christmas —

    MRS. OBAMA: Christmas Eve.

    THE PRESIDENT: Or yesterday, during Christmas Eve, thank you, but it was Christmas —

    MRS. OBAMA: He’s on vacation. (Laughter.)

    THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no, hold on — there’s a reason for that slight error, because my time was off. Yesterday, I called — as I do every Christmas — some of our folks that are stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and some in some very remote spots; some of them who, as we speak, are carrying out missions to defeat ISIL, carrying out missions to protect us from all manner of threat.

    And just to remind them that, as tough as it is to be deployed, the people here in America, back home, understand that every single day that you’re serving, you’re fighting for our freedom and fighting to keep us safe and fighting to maintain our way of life. It’s impossible for us to fully repay what you’ve done and the sacrifices you make. But at least it’s important to hear from us that what you do matters, and that we know about it, and that we’re grateful, and that we’ll stay grateful even when many of you end up being out of uniform and are veterans, and that we make sure that we’re serving you as well you served us.

    So I just want all of you to know that it has been the privilege of my life to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. I know Michelle feels the same way when it comes to being able to stand alongside our military families and our veterans. And although this will be my last time addressing you as President, I want you to know that, as a citizen, my gratitude will remain and our commitment to standing by you every step of the way — that won’t stop.

    So thank you so much for everything that you’ve done. I hope you guys have had a wonderful Christmas. Young people, I hope Santa was okay. (Laughter.) And we look forward to seeing you for many years to come, because I understand that I still have a little bit of rank as ex-President. (Laughter.) So I still get to use the gym on base — (laughter) — and, of course, the golf course. (Laughter.)

    So thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. We’ll see you taking pictures. Thank you. (Applause.)

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    4:32 P.M. HAST

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