Christmas 2000
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                           December 22, 2000

                              CHRISTMAS 2000

     Warm greetings to everyone celebrating Christmas.

     At this joyous season each year, we savor our treasured Christmas
traditions:  a favorite ornament placed carefully on the tree, candles in
the windows, a wreath on the door, family and friends gathered to exchange
not only material gifts, but also the gifts of love and laughter.  But
amidst all these traditions, we remember that the true message of Christmas
is in the Child whose birth we celebrate -- the living proof of God?s mercy
and unending love.  Christ?s message of renewal and reconciliation is as
fresh and powerful today as it was on that first Christmas two thousand
years ago.

     For Americans of many faiths, this is a season of renewal -- of light
shining through the darkness, of despair transformed to hope.  This year,
Christmas is celebrated during the same week as Jews celebrate Hanukkah and
Muslims celebrate the Eid Al-Fitr --  a powerful and moving reminder that
followers of the three Abrahamic faiths share fundamental values:  a
reverence for our Creator, a belief in human dignity, and a conviction that
we must love our neighbors as ourselves.  By building on these shared
values, we can create a future where all God?s children live together in
peace and understanding.

     As Hillary, Chelsea, and I enjoy our last Christmas in the White
House, we extend best wishes to all for a wonderful celebration and for
peace and happiness in the years to come.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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