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Remarks at the White House Children's Christmas Party

December 20, 1996

The President. Thank you. Give them a hand. Weren't they great? [Applause] Hello.

Children. Hello. Hi, Bill Clinton.

The President. Thank you, Antonio. Welcome to the White House. We're very glad to have you here. Every year the First Lady and I love to meet with some children about this time and read the night before Christmas story, because Christmas is really a time for children, isn't it?

Children. Yes.

The President. And a time when we give gifts to each other and to our children to say how important you are. And it's a very special time for us. You know, Hillary wrote a book about children and families, and just today she gave a great gift—she gave the money that came in from the book to children's hospitals all across the country and to other things for children.

And one of the things that we hope will come out of this is that not only all of you here but all the children all over our country will feel very special; and as Christmas celebrates the birth of Baby Jesus, that all the little children in our country will feel that they are very, very special.

So I want you to listen carefully to this story. A lot of you know this story, don't you?

Children. Yes.

The President. Do you?

Hillary Clinton. You can chime in.

The President. So you can chime in. If you know any of the lines when I read it in this wonderful book—see the pictures, can you see it—you say the lines, too. Okay? Okay, here we go. "The Visit of Saint Nicholas."

NOTE: The President spoke at 1:47 p.m. in the East Room at the White House. Prior to his remarks, a group of carolers sang for the audience.

William J. Clinton, Remarks at the White House Children's Christmas Party Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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