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.
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