“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ our Lord.”
Luke 2:11 KJV
Christmas is a wonderful time of year for family and friends. It is a time for decorating our homes in lights, singing Christmas carols and placing presents under the tree. As you celebrate with those you love, don’t forget to unwrap the greatest gift of all – the gift of salvation through faith in God’s only son. May we all take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and the greatest gift we have ever received — the gift of baby Jesus, who came to us to bring the gift of salvation so that we may live in eternity in Heaven.
A Texas Christmas Story
I don’t know if you saw the story of Elliott Wyche, an Arlington boy who is spreading the love of the Christmas this season. Elliott, who is four, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in April 2015, four months before he was born – he essentially has half a heart. He had his first open-heart surgery when he was just four days old, then underwent another at six months and a third when he was three years old.
Elliott has a Facebook page called “Tin Man Tough” where he tells his story. This year, some people wanted to send him Christmas presents, but he said he wanted to donate the gifts to the Arlington Police “Santa Cop” program. This news story has the details and some great photos of Elliott and the police officers. This news story has the details and some great photos of Elliott with his local police officers.
Christmas at the White House
For the last three years, I have had the honor of attending the White House Christmas Party. Last year my daughter Shane attended with me – it was a great father-daughter experience. Each year the decorations and celebration are more beautiful and inspiring than the last. This year’s theme, “The Spirit of America”, is a tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make America great. These are some of my favorite shots from the event.
I got a very good shot of the White House Nativity scene (pictured above) honoring the birth of our Savior. It has an interesting history. It first appeared during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. However, in 1973, a court ruling banned the display of a life-size nativity or any other religious symbols in the White House. The ban on the Nativity scene was finally overturned in 1984, and it has been displayed every Christmas since. This iconic Nativity is one of the most beautiful I have seen.
The Polar Express Runs through My House at Christmas – A Christmas Video for You
At this time of year, I am not only Lt. Governor, but at my house I am also the conductor of the Polar Express. The first year I did it, some of my grandchildren didn’t recognize me. This year I created a video Christmas card for you. I hope you enjoy it.
I am blessed in so many ways, including the privilege of serving you and 28 million Texans as Lt. Governor. Thank you for your continued support. So many of you tell me you pray for me every day. Your prayers are always needed and greatly appreciated. I pray every day for the people of Texas and for favor, wisdom, words and courage so that I may be the leader our state needs.
Jan and I wish you and your family a joyful and blessed Christmas this year.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas