There was a time in the United States when Christmas was a season of people coming together in fellowship, with the top leaders of our country setting the example with displays of national unity. Of course, times have radically changed.
For example, the President-Elect's daughter Ivanka was travelling with her young children today when a pair of homosexuals went berserk on the airplane and caused an incident. Homosexuals are frequently prone to jealous and resentful outbursts against attractive females with children; and the sight of the famous Ivanka was too much. One of the perverts was dragged kicking and screaming off the plane, while the other celebrated the deed on social media in front of shocked passengers.
But a few generations ago, the family of the president wasn't forgotten by grateful citizens. In 1923, a group of high school and college students collaborated with electrical engineering societies on a project that became an annual tradition---lighting of the White House Christmas Tree.
Mrs. Grace Coolidge, the First Lady, organized the ceremony. Charitable organizations---in which the Coolidge Family were very involved were present---and a carol-singing was held on the North Portico of the White House. The only change was that President Coolidge insisted that the tree be placed on a lot adjacent to the White House so that the event could be enjoyed and shared by the community.
In 1923, electrical technology was still fairly primitive, but the engineers solved the problem of powering the tree by installing a system of batteries. The President pushed a button and a new tradition was born.
President Coolidge was a modest man by nature, and eschewed pomp and ceremony. He left the grounds to the festive citizens of Washington and his entourage retired to White House for a private Christmas celebration, though a photographer captured the Christmas Carol event on the Portico.
The President made a surprise visit to the Veterans' Hospital on Christmas Day, while the First Lady sent 500 Christmas packages to the Salvation Army to assist needy DC families.
The 1923 event was such a success that it drew visitors almost immediately. In 1925, the news broadcast the ceremony over radio for the first time. President Coolidge greeted a group of Boy Scouts who had come to witness the new electrical technology (as well as the new marvels of radio). This was, of course, in an era before the Scouts became a grooming-stable for homosexuals. Thus, the President said:
"There is a time for play as well as a time for work. But even in play, it is possible to cultivate the art of well-doing. Games are useful to train the eye, the hand and the muscles, and bring the body more under the control of the mind. When this is done, instead of being a waste of time, play becomes a means of education. It is in all these ways that boys and girls are learning to be men and women; to be respectful of their parents, to be patriotic to their country, and to be reverent to God. It is because of this great chance that American boys and girls have in all these directions that to them, more than to the youth of any other country, there should be a Merry Christmas."
The youth that Coolidge addressed on the radio in 1925 would later prove their mettle as adults: this was the generation that would overcome the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Then-future President Ronald Reagan once stated that the Coolidge Administration left a lasting impression on him and that, in many ways, Coolidge served as a role model during his own term in office. Certainly they weren't the types who went into hysterical rages on public airlines against mothers and children at Christmas.