- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump promised to make America say “merry Christmas” again, but President Obama didn’t get the memo.

The first family sent out this year’s Christmas card to friends and supporters last week and, for the eighth consecutive year, it omits the word “Christmas” in favor of a more inclusive holiday greeting.

“Happy holidays,” the card reads. “As our family reflects on our many happy years spent in the White House, we are grateful for the friends we’ve made, the joy we’ve shared, and the gifts of kindness we’ve received. We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and wonderful new year.”

The card breaks with tradition by featuring a picture of Mr. Obama, first lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia. Previous cards have usually featured the first family’s Portuguese water dogs, Sunny and Bo.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump doubled down on his promise that political correctness will not prevent the country from alluding to the Christian nature of the holiday season.

Flanked by several Christmas trees at a “thank you” rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Mr. Trump let the season’s greetings fly.

“So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday, and we are going to say ‘merry Christmas’ again,” Mr. Trump said at the rally, drawing cheers from the crowd. “Merry Christmas. So, merry Christmas everyone. Happy New Year, but merry Christmas.”

He expressed similar sentiments at a Michigan rally a few days prior: “Merry Christmas, everybody. Merry Christmas! Right? Merry Christmas.”

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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