Sunday, December 11, 2016
Christmas Greetings from the Presidents
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Hardcover: 87 pages
FTC FYI: Received a complimentary copy, all views and opinions expressed are my own
Christmas Greetings from the Presidents takes a comforting, nostalgic look back in time to when Americans viewed the annual Christmas message to the nation as the embodiment of a national spirit of unity and goodwill through both the best of times and the darkest days of national trials. The book, the first of its kind by a national publisher, chronicles presidential Christmas messages from the inception of this tradition in 1927 with Calvin Coolidge to President Obama. It provides the historical context of the era, rarely-seen archival photographs that offer us a window into the history unfolding at the time, and a sidebar “Did you Know” feature with trivia that often shines a new light on the personality of the president as he responds to unplanned Christmas-time events.
This book is a wonderful addition to your holiday book collection. The words from our presidents are inspiring and meaningful. I loved how God was mentioned in most of the messages and reminders of "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Many presidents talked of faith, love, acceptance, and to trust in God.
Calvin Coolidge said: "Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things there will be born in us a Savior and over us all will shine a star -- sending its gleam of hope to the world."
There were many messages that brought tears to my eyes, especially considering what was going on in the world and in our country at the time. Wars, The Great Depression, hunger, The Cold War, assassinations. In some messages I could feel the weight of responsibility and the want of peace and hope. I enjoyed the pictures and the historical reminders of the what was happening during their presidency before each message.
5 out of 5 stars.
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