By William J. Federer – BarbWire guest contributor
President John Quincy Adams stated in Newburyport, July 4, 1837:
In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior… It forms a leading event in the Progress of the Gospel dispensation… Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth?
That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before.
President Herbert Hoover wrote in 1932:
Your CHRISTMAS Service held each year at the foot of a living tree which was alive at the time of the birth of Christ…should be continued as a further symbol of the unbroken chain of life leading back to this great moment in the spiritual life of mankind.
President Eisenhower remarked in 1960:
Through the ages men have felt the uplift of the spirit of CHRISTMAS. We commemorate the birth of the Christ Child by…giving expression to our gratitude for the great things that His coming has brought about in the world.
President Carter commented in 1977:
CHRISTMAS has a special meaning for those of us who are Christians, those of us who believe in Christ, those of us who know that almost 2,000 years ago, the Son of Peace was born.
President Reagan stated in 1983:
CHRISTMAS is a time…to open our hearts to…millions forbidden the freedom to worship a God who so loved the world that He gave us the birth of the Christ Child so that we might learn to love… The message of Jesus is one of hope and joy. I know there are those who recognize CHRISTMAS DAY as the birthday of a wise teacher…then there are others of us who believe that he was the Son of God, that he was divine.
On CHRISTMAS DAY, 496 A.D, Clovis, King of the Francs, was baptized with 3,000 of his soldiers at Rheims, France. His name, Clovis, evolved into Louis, which was the name of 22 French kings.
On CHRISTMAS DAY, 597 A.D., 10,000 Anglo-Saxons were baptized on the banks of the Swale sea inlet between the isle of Sheppey and Kent, England, by St. Augustine of Canterbury and his companions. St. Augustine had also baptized King Ethelbert of Kent.
On CHRISTMAS DAY, 800 A.D., Charlemange was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in St. John Lateran Church, Rome, Italy. His father was Charles Martel, who stopped the Muslims from invading France in 732 AD. In 846 A.D., 11,000 Muslims invaded Rome and desecrated the graves of St. Peter and St. Paul.
On CHRISTMAS DAY, 1000 A.D., St. Stephen was crowned King of Hungary. His pious son, St. Emeric, whose name in Italian is Amerigo, was the namesake of Amerigo Vespucci, the explorer mapmaker after whom the continent of America was named.
On CHRISTMAS DAY, 1066 A.D., William the Conqueror was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey, London.
On CHRISTMAS DAY, 1868 A.D., President Andrew Johnson issued a complete, unconditional pardon to all Confederate soldiers.
Clarence E. Manion, dean of Notre Dame’s College of Law, wrote Keys to Peace (1951), which sold millions of copies. He was appointed by President Eisenhower to help restore to the States powers that were usurped during FDR’s administration.
Dean Clarence Manion wrote regarding Christmas:
The long march of measured time suddenly stopped. It then did an about-face and started to march in another direction and to a different drum straight through the ensuing centuries of Christ and Christendom…. B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, the year of our Lord) mark each one of the only reliable milestones along the path of world history.
The end of the first time-chain, and the beginning of the second, came together on the night that Christ was born in Bethlehem.
The first CHRISTMAS DAY thus stands as the Great Divide for the timing and recording of all people, things and events that have lived or taken place upon this earth… It is the one place where an inquiring mind can go in either direction without stopping; the one place on the long, long trail of time where the magnetic needle of history stands vertical and points up.
WILLIAM J. FEDERER is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. He is also the owner of American Minute and the author of several books.
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