Christmas is a season of joy and celebration, and today, world leaders like US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and Pope Francis offered their Christmas greetings on social media.
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“This Christmas season, my hope is that we take a few moments of quiet reflection to really look at one another. Not as Democrats or Republicans. But as who we really are: fellow Americans,” US President Joe Biden tweeted.
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“Merry Christmas! May this special day further the spirit of harmony and joy in our society. We recall the noble thoughts of Lord Christ and the emphasis on serving society,” Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi tweeted.
‘Joy, health, love, and peace,’ on this special day. “Merry Christmas! Like millions of Canadians, my family is excited to gather around the Christmas tree and spend some quality time together. And as we look ahead to the new year, we’re also wishing you joy, health, love, and peace,” Canadian PM Justin Trudeau tweeted.
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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, calling Christmas a time to enjoy with family and friends while remembering those who have died, tweeted – “For many Australians Christmas Day is one to celebrate with family and friends. But for those doing it tough, or those who’ve lost loved ones Christmas Day can be difficult time.”
He also posted a video saying, “It’s a day of giving. It’s a day for relaxing together with family and friends. And for many Australians, it is a day that is so central to their faith. Of course, not everyone gets to take it easy today. If you’re rostered on somewhere, I want to say thank you for your service to others.”
“Tonight, God draws near to you because you are important to him. From the manger, as food for your life, He tells you: “If you feel consumed by events, if a sense of guilt and inadequacy devours you, if you hunger for justice, I am with you. #Christmas. Jesus asks us to go to the bare reality of things, to lay down all our excuses, our justifications and our hypocrisies at the feet of the manger. He whom Mary tenderly wrapped in swaddling wants us to be clothed in love. #Christmas,” Pope Francis tweeted.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took to Facebook to convey his greetings as his country enters the eleventh month of conflict since Russia’s invasion in February.
“Merry Christmas to Western Rite Orthodox Christians! Today and all future winter holidays we meet in difficult circumstances. Someone will see the first star in the sky over Bakhmut, Rubizhne, and Kreminna today. Someone will celebrate the holiday in other people’s homes, but strange people’s homes – homes of Ukrainians who gave shelter to Ukrainians. Someone will hear Shchedryk in another language – in Warsaw, Berlin, London, New York, Toronto and many other cities and countries.”
“And someone will meet this Christmas in captivity, but let them remember that we are also coming for our people, we will return freedom to all Ukrainian men and women. Wherever we are, we will be together today. We make a wish. One for all. And we will feel joy. One for all. And we will understand the truth. One for all. We will celebrate our holidays! As always. We will smile and be happy. As always. The difference is one. We will not wait for a miracle. After all, we create it ourselves,” he posted.
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Christmas is a hallowed religious holiday as well as a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon celebrated yearly on December 25. Midnight mass, a festival of joy and mirth, is held in churches across the country in celebration and recollection of the birth of Jesus Christ.