- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 23, 2001

ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Bush urged Americans yesterday to spend Christmas "appreciating more than ever the things that matter most our families, our friends and our faith."
In his weekly radio address, Mr. Bush said the entire country shares the grief of those who lost loved ones in the September 11 terrorist attacks and during military action in Afghanistan.
And of those serving in the campaign he said, "We owe them much."
"The year now ending saw a few acts of terrible evil," Mr. Bush said. "It also saw many more acts of courage and kindness and love. And these reflect the great hope of Christmas a light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it."
Mr. Bush left with his wife Laura and twin daughters Barbara and Jenna for an extended holiday weekend at Camp David. The Bushes will head to their ranch in Crawford, Texas, after Christmas.
In the address, the president spoke of Congress' performance on his agenda for the year.
"I'm hopeful that the positive spirit of bipartisan accomplishment that guided much of this year's success will prevail when Congress returns early next year," Mr. Bush said.
But right now, he said, Americans are more concerned with the "eternal promise of peace on Earth and goodwill to men" that Christmas represents.
The holiday takes on a special poignancy in light of the terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people on September 11, he said.
"This Christmas comes just months after a great national loss," Mr. Bush said. "We find ourselves appreciating more than ever the things that matter most our families, our friends and our faith. We count our blessings, and we remember all those who feel loss, separation and need."

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