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2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


NARRATOR: THERE ARE
OCEANS AND ROCKS.
PLACES WHERE FISH
SWIM AND BIRDS FLY.
HISTORY IS MADE,
ART IS CREATED,
THINGS HAPPENED THAT
SHOULD ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.
MAN: FIRE!NARRATOR: HEROES EMERGE,
A WOMAN SETS PEOPLE FREE,
A MAN MAKES LIGHT,
A LEADER STEPS FORWARD.
IT CAN BE A PLACE,A FEELING,A STATE OF MIND.SO GET UP, GET OUT
THERE AND FIND YOUR PARK.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪YOU ARE THE NATIONAL PARKS.AND NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE,
OR WHERE YOU COME FROM,
THE PARKS ARE YOU TOO.ANNOUNCER: FROM
PRESIDENT’S PARK IN THE HEART OF THE NATION’S CAPITAL, IT’S THE 2018 NATIONAL
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING. THIS YEAR WE CELEBRATE
ALL OF THE TRADITIONS OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
WITH PERFORMANCES BY: ABBY ANDERSON, ANTHONY KEARNS. DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY. GABBY BARRETT. JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS
AND JOE GRANSDEN. LOCASH. MATTHEW WEST. PAUL CARDALL. SPENSHA BAKER
AND THOMPSON SQUARE. WITH THE HELP OF THE
UNITED STATES ARMY BAND “PERSHINGS OWN.” AND YOUR HOST,
ANTONIO SABÀTO JR. PRESENTED BY THE
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL
PARK FOUNDATION. AND NOW, HERE TO KICK
OFF THE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION PLEASE WELCOME LOCASH
AND MATTHEW WEST PERFORMING A 1950’S CLASSIC
“RUN RUDOLPH RUN.” LOCASH: COME ON! ♪ HELLO ALL YOU REINDEERS, YOU
KNOW YOU’RE THE MASTERMIND. ♪ ♪ RUN, RUN RUDOLPH,
RANDOLPH AIN’T TOO FAR BEHIND. ♪ ♪ I SAID, RUN, RUN RUDOLPH,
SANTA GOT TO MAKE IT TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA MAKE HIM HURRY, ♪ ♪ TELL HIM HE CAN
TAKE THE FREEWAY DOWN. ♪ ♪ WHOA, RUN, RUN RUDOLPH, I’M
REELIN’ LIKE A MERRY-GO-ROUND. ♪ COME ON, YEA! ♪ MATTHEW WEST: SAID
SANTA TO A BOY CHILD, ♪ ♪ WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN
LONGING FOR, YEA. ♪ ♪ OH ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, ♪ ♪ IS A ROCK AND ROLL ELECTRIC
GUITAR, YEA, YEA, YEA. ♪ ♪ AND THEN AWAY WENT RUDOLPH, A
WHIZZING LIKE A SHOOTING STAR. ♪ ♪ ALL: I SAID,
RUN, RUN RUDOLPH, ♪ ♪ SANTA’S GOT
TO MAKE IT TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA MAKE HIM HURRY, TELL HIM
HE CAN TAKE THE FREEWAY DOWN. ♪ ♪ OH RUN, RUN RUDOLPH, I’M
REELING LIKE A MERRY-GO-ROUND. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ WELL GATHER
ALL YOU REINDEERS, ♪ ♪ YOU KNOW YOU’RE
THE MASTERMIND, YEA. ♪ ♪ RUN, RUN RUDOLPH,
RANDOLPH AIN’T TOO FAR BEHIND. ♪ ♪ I SAID, RUN, RUN RUDOLPH, ♪ ♪ SANTA’S GOT TO
MAKE IT TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA MAKE HIM HURRY, ♪ ♪ TELL HIM HE CAN
TAKE THE FREEWAY DOWN. ♪ ♪ RUN, RUN RUDOLPH, I’M REELING
LIKE A MERRY-GO-ROUND. ♪ CHRIS: LET ME HEAR
SOMEBODY SING. ♪ ALL: SAID,
RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH. ♪ CHRIS: COME ON SING IT! ♪ ALL: RUN, RUN RUDOLPH. ♪ ♪ CHRIS: RUN, RUN RUDOLPH. ♪ ♪ ALL: RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH. ♪ ♪ I’M REELING LIKE
A MERRY-GO-ROUND. ♪ ♪ ♪ [APPLAUSE]. ANNOUNCER: PLEASE WELCOME
OUR HOST FOR THIS EVENING, ANTONIO SABÀTO JR. ANTONIO: HELLO, HELLO, HELLO! IT’S GOOD TO BE AN AMERICAN! GOOD EVENING EVERYONE. WELCOME TO PRESIDENT’S
PARK HERE IN WASHINGTON DC. THAT’S RIGHT. ON THIS BEAUTIFUL NIGHT, WE
ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE SPIRIT OF
THE SEASON WITH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS THAT HAVE
BEEN PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO THE NEXT. AS WE CELEBRATE THE
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING TONIGHT, WE HONOR THOSE
FAMILY TRADITIONS THAT UNITE US BOTH AS A COUNTRY AND
AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO,
IT’S MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME THE PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES, AND OUR BEAUTIFUL FIRST LADY. ♪ [ARMY BAND PLAYING
“OH CHRISTMAS TREE”] ♪ PRESIDENT TRUMP: MERRY
CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY, WE JUST HAVE
TO SAY IT ALL TOGETHER, MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS,
IT’S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU. AND LET’S LIGHT THE TREE,
FIRST LADY WILL DO THE HONORS. WE’LL DO IT 10 IN
REVERSE, SO ARE YOU READY? ALL TOGETHER,
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. [CROWD CHEERING]. MERRY CHRISTMAS, THANK YOU. ♪ [ARMY BAND PLAYING
“JOY TO THE WORLD”] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ANTONIO: THIS NEXT SONG IS
ALL AN ENGLISH CHRISTMAS CAROL THAT DATES BACK
TO THE 17TH CENTURY. HERE TO SING “THE FIRST NOEL”, PLEASE WELCOME AMERICAN
IDOL FINALIST GABBY BARRETT. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ GABBY BARRETT:
THE FIRST NOEL, ♪ ♪ THE ANGEL DID SAY, ♪ ♪ WAS TO CERTAIN
POOR SHEPHERDS ♪ ♪ IN FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY. ♪ ♪ IN FIELDS WHERE THEY ♪ ♪ LAY KEEPING THEIR SHEEP, ♪ ♪ ON A COLD WINTER’S NIGHT ♪ ♪ THAT WAS SO DEEP. ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL, ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL ♪ ♪ BORN IS THE KING OF ISRAEL. ♪ ♪ THEY LOOKED UP AND ♪ ♪ SAW A STAR ♪ ♪ SHINING IN THE EAST ♪ ♪ BEYOND THEM FAR. ♪ ♪ AND TO THE EARTH ♪ ♪ IT GAVE GREAT LIGHT ♪ ♪ AND SO IT CONTINUED ♪ ♪ BOTH DAY AND NIGHT. ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL, ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL. ♪ ♪ BORN IS THE
KING OF ISRAEL! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ THEY LOOKED
UP AND SAW A STAR ♪ ♪ SHINING IN THE EAST ♪ ♪ BEYOND THEM FAR. ♪ ♪ AND TO THE EARTH ♪ ♪ IT GAVE GREAT LIGHT ♪ ♪ AND SO IT CONTINUED ♪ ♪ BOTH DAY AND NIGHT. ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL, ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL. ♪ ♪ BORN IS THE KING OF ISRAEL! ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL, ♪ ♪ NOEL, NOEL. ♪ ♪ BORN IS THE KING. ♪ ♪ BORN IS THE
KING OF ISRAEL! ♪♪ [APPLAUSE] ANNOUNCER: SINGING THE
CHRISTMAS CLASSIC “CAROL OF THE BELLS” PLEASE WELCOME OUR VERY
OWN “CAROLING ANGELS.” THE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY. ♪ ♪ ♪ ALL: RING, CHRISTMAS BELLS,
MERRILY RING, ♪ ♪ TELL ALL THE WORLD:
JESUS IS KING! ♪ ♪ RING, CHRISTMAS BELLS,
THROUGH ALL THE YARD, ♪ ♪ TELL ALL OF THEM
[INAUDIBLE]. ♪ ♪ DING, DONG, DING, DONG,
THAT IS THEIR SONG ♪ ♪ WITH JOYFUL RING
ALL CAROLING. ♪ ♪ ONE SEEMS TO HEAR
WORDS OF GOOD CHEER ♪ ♪ FROM EVERYWHERE
FILLING THE AIR. ♪ ♪ OH HOW THEY POUND,
RAISING THE SOUND, ♪ ♪ O’ER HILL AND DALE,
TELLING THEIR TALE. ♪ ♪ GAILY THEY RING
WHILE PEOPLE SING ♪ ♪ TELLING THE WORLD
JESUS IS KING. ♪ ♪ MERRY, MERRY, MERRY,
MERRY CHRISTMAS, ♪ ♪ MERRY, MERRY, MERRY,
MERRY CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ CHRISTMAS IS HERE,
SONGS FULL OF CHEER, ♪ ♪ THEY SEEM TO SAY
CHRISTMAS IS HERE. ♪ ♪ RING, CHRISTMAS
BELLS, MERRILY RING, ♪ ♪ TELL ALL THE WORLD:
JESUS IS KING! ♪ ♪ RING, CHRISTMAS BELLS,
THROUGH ALL THE YARD, ♪ ♪ TELL ALL OF THEM
[INAUDIBLE]. ♪ ♪ DING, DONG, DING, DONG,
THAT IS THEIR SONG ♪ ♪ WITH JOYFUL RING
ALL CAROLING. ♪ ♪ ONE SEEMS TO HEAR
WORDS OF GOOD CHEER ♪ ♪ FROM EVERYWHERE
FILLING THE AIR. ♪ ♪ OH HOW THEY POUND,
RAISING THE SOUND, ♪ ♪ O’ER HILL AND DALE,
TELLING THEIR TALE. ♪ ♪ GAILY THEY RING
WHILE PEOPLE SING ♪ ♪ TELLING THE WORLD
JESUS IS KING. ♪ ♪ MERRY, MERRY, MERRY,
MERRY CHRISTMAS, ♪ ♪ MERRY, MERRY, MERRY,
MERRY CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ CHRISTMAS IS HERE,
SONGS FULL OF CHEER, ♪ ♪ THEY SEEM TO SAY
CHRISTMAS IS HERE. ♪ ♪ RING, CHRISTMAS BELLS,
MERRILY RING, ♪ ♪ TELL ALL THE WORLD:
JESUS IS KING! ♪ ♪ DING, DONG, DING, DONG. ♪ ♪ DONG. ♪♪ [APPLAUSE]. ANNOUNCER: HERE TO LEAD
US IN THE INVOCATION, PLEASE WELCOME MAJOR
GENERAL PAUL K. HURLEY, THE ARMY CHIEF OF
CHAPLAINS. CHAPLAIN HURLEY: LET
US PRAY, ALMIGHTY GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS SPECIAL
TIME, OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MAY THIS SEASON OF CELEBRATION
REMIND US OF YOUR GIFT OF LOVE. MAY THIS CHRISTMAS TREE,
FILLED WITH EVERGREEN BRANCHES, REMIND US OF
THE EVERLASTING LIFE THAT YOU HAVE PROMISED US. MAY THE LIGHTS THAT SHINE
BRIGHTLY IN BRILLIANT COLORS REMIND US THAT YOU ARE
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. MAY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
THAT SURROUND US IN THIS TIME POINT US TO THE SIMPLE
TRUTH OF YOUR PROFOUND LOVE. I PRAY THAT OUR
HEARTS BE WITH YOU, EXPRESSING TO ONE
ANOTHER THE LOVE OF GOD, THE JOY OF THE SEASON
AND PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MANKIND. AMEN. CROWD: AMEN. CHAPLAIN HURLEY: I’LL BE
FOLLOWED BY A PERFORMANCE OF “SILENT NIGHT”
BY PAUL CARDALL, IT’S DEDICATED TO FAMILY
AND FRIENDS WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US. ♪ [“SILENT NIGHT”
INSTRUMENTAL]. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [APPLAUSE] ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
PLEASE WELCOME KYLE YARUSSO FROM THE
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. KYLE: I’M KYLE YARUSSO,
AND I’M A NATIONAL PARK RANGER HERE AT PRESIDENTS PARK,
ONE OF MORE THAN 400 NATIONAL PARKS LOCATED IN ALL 50
STATES, 5 US TERRITORIES, AND WASHINGTON, D.C. NATIONAL PARKS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN
AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE. I GREW UP ALONG THE SAINT
CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY IN MINNESOTA. WHEN PEOPLE THINK
OF NATIONAL PARKS, THEY OFTEN FIRST THINK
OF NATURAL TREASURES LIKE YELLOWSTONE, THE
GRAND CANYON, AND YOSEMITE. BUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
ALSO PRESERVES AND TELLS THE STORIES OF DEFINING MOMENTS
IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY, LIKE BROWN VERSUS
BOARD OF EDUCATION NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND
FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL. I FIND THESE PLACES,
THE HISTORY THEY PRESERVE, THE STORIES THEY SHARE, AND
THE WONDERS THEY PROTECT SO DEEPLY MOVING AND I’M
PROUD TO BE PART OF STEWARDING THIS LEGACY ON
BEHALF OF ALL AMERICANS. I INVITE YOU TO ENJOY
YOUR NATIONAL PARKS AND START A NEW TRADITION WITH YOUR
LOVED ONES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, THESE ADVENTURES,
OR CHERISHED MEMORIES MAY BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK! THIS YEAR, IN CELEBRATION
OF OUR NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE AND NATIONAL PARK TRADITIONS
ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE WOULD NOW LIKE TO SHARE
WITH YOU OUR PERSONAL INTERPRETATION OF “THE
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.” RANGER: TWAS THE NIGHT
BEFORE CHRISTMAS WHEN ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE,
NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRING… RANGER: NOT EVEN A MOUSE. THE STOCKINGS WERE HUNG
BY THE CHIMNEY WITH CARE. RANGER: IN HOPES THAT SAINT
NICHOLAS SOON WOULD BE THERE. RANGER: THE CHILDREN WERE
NESTLED ALL SNUG IN THEIR BEDS. RANGER: WHILE
VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS DANCED IN THEIR HEADS. RANGER: MAMA IN
HER KERCHIEF… RANGER: AND I IN MY CAP. RANGER: HAD JUST SETTLED
DOWN FOR A LONG WINTER’S NAP. RANGER: WHEN OUT
ON THE LAWN… RANGER: THERE AROSE
SUCH A CLATTER. RANGER: I SPRANG FROM
MY FOSSIL BED TO SEE WHAT WAS THE MATTER. RANGER: AWAY TO THE WINDOW…
RANGER: I FLEW LIKE A FLASH. RANGER: TORE OPEN
THE SHUTTERS… RANGER: AND THREW UP THE SASH. RANGER: THE MOON ON THE
BREAST OF THE NEW FALLEN SNOW. RANGER: GAVE
LUSTER OF MIDDAY… RANGER: TO OBJECTS BELOW. RANGER: WHEN WHAT TO MY
WANDERING EYES DID APPEAR? RANGER: BUT A
MINIATURE SLEIGH… RANGER: AND EIGHT
TINY REINDEER. RANGER: WITH A LITTLE OLD
DRIVER SO LIVELY AND QUICK… RANGER: I KNEW IN A MOMENT
HE MUST BE SAINT NICK. RANGER: MORE RAPID
THAN EAGLES… RANGER: HIS
COURSERS THEY CAME. RANGER: AND HE WHISTLED…
RANGER: AND SHOUTED… RANGER: AND CALLED
THEM BY NAME. RANGER: NOW DASHER, NOW
DANCER, NOW PRANCER AND VIXEN. RANGER: ON COMET, ON CUPID… RANGER: ON DONNER AND BLITZEN. RANGER: TO THE TOP OF THE
PORCH, TO THE TOP OF THE WALL. GROUP: NOW DASH AWAY,
DASH AWAY, DASH AWAY ALL. RANGER: AS LEAVES THAT BEFORE
THE WILD HURRICANE FLY. RANGER: WHEN THEY MEET WITH
AN OBSTACLE MOUNT TO THE SKY. RANGER: SO UP TO THE HOUSETOP
THE COURSERS THEY FLEW. RANGER: WITH A SLEIGH FULL
OF TOYS AND SAINT NICHOLAS TOO. RANGER: AND THEN IN A
TWINKLING I HEARD ON THE ROOF. RANGER: THE
PRANCING AND PAWING… ALL: OF EACH LITTLE HOOF. RANGER: AND AS I DREW IN
MY HEAD AND TURNING AROUND. RANGER: DOWN THE CHIMNEY
SAINT NICHOLAS CAME WITH ABOUND. RANGER: HE WAS
DRESSED ALL IN FUR… RANGER: FROM HIS
HEAD TO HIS FOOT. RANGER: AND HIS CLOTHES
WERE ALL TARNISHED… RANGER: WITH ASHES AND SOOT. RANGER: A BUNDLE OF TOYS… RANGER: HE HAD
FLUNG ON HIS BACK. RANGER: AND HE LOOKED LIKE A
PEDDLER JUST OPENED HIS PACK. RANGER: HIS EYES
HOW THEY TWINKLED… RANGER: HIS DIMPLES HOW MERRY. STUDENTS: HIS CHEEKS
WERE LIKE ROSES… RANGER: HIS NOSE
LIKE A CHERRY. RANGER: HIS DROLL
LITTLE MOUTH… RANGER: WAS DRAWN
UP LIKE A BOW. RANGER: AND THE BEARD ON HIS
CHIN WAS AS WHITE AS THE SNOW. RANGER: THE STUMP OF A PIPE… RANGER: HE HELD
TIGHT IN HIS TEETH. RANGER: AND THE
SMOKE IT ENCIRCLED… RANGER: HIS HEAD
LIKE A WREATH. RANGER: HE HAD A BROAD FACE… RANGER: AND A
LITTLE ROUND BELLY. RANGER: THAT SHOOK
WHEN HE LAUGHED… RANGER: LIKE A BOWL…
RANGER: FULL OF JELLY. RANGER: HE WAS
CHUBBY AND PLUMP. RANGER: A RIGHT
JOLLY OLD ELF… RANGER: AND I LAUGHED, HA… RANGER: WHEN I SAW HIM…
ALL: IN SPITE OF MYSELF. RANGER: A WINK OF HIS EYE… RANGER: AND A TWIST OF HIS
HEAD SOON GAVE ME TO KNOW… RANGER: I HAD
NOTHING TO DREAD. RANGER: HE SPOKE NOT A WORD… RANGER: BUT WENT
STRAIGHT TO HIS WORK. ALL: THEN FILLED
ALL THE STOCKINGS… RANGER: THEN
TURNED WITH A JERK. RANGER: AND LAYING HIS
FINGER ASIDE OF HIS NOSE. RANGER: AND GIVING A NOD,
UP THE CHIMNEY HE ROSE! BOTH: HE SPRANG
TO HIS SLEIGH… RANGER: AND TO HIS
TEAM GAVE A WHISTLE. RANGER: AND AWAY THEY FLEW… RANGER: LIKE THE
DOWN OF A THISTLE. RANGER: I HEARD HIM EXCLAIM… RANGER: ERE HE
DROVE OUT OF SIGHT. RANGER: MERRY
CHRISTMAS TO ALL… ALL: AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT! [APPLAUSE]. ANTONIO: YOU MAY RECOGNIZE
THIS NEXT SONGSTRESS AS A RISING STAR ON “THE VOICE”. SINGING “O HOLY NIGHT”,
HERE IS SPENSHA BAKER. TAKE IT AWAY. ♪ ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: HMMMMM, HMMMMM. ♪ ♪ O HOLY NIGHT, ♪ ♪ THE STARS ARE
BRIGHTLY SHINING. ♪ ♪ IT IS THE NIGHT OF
OUR DEAR SAVIOR’S BIRTH. ♪ ♪ HMMMMM. ♪ ♪ LONG LAY THE WORLD, ♪ ♪ IN SIN AND ERROR PINING. ♪ ♪ ‘TIL HE APPEARED AND
THE SOUL FELT ITS WORTH. ♪ ♪ A THRILL OF HOPE. ♪ ♪ THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES, ♪ ♪ FOR YONDER BREAKS, ♪ ♪ A NEW AND GLORIOUS MORN. ♪ ♪ FALL ON YOUR KNEES. ♪ ♪ O HEAR THE ANGEL VOICES. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT DIVINE. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT WHEN
CHRIST WAS BORN. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT, ♪ ♪ O HOLY NIGHT. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT DIVINE. ♪ ♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS:
SILENT NIGHT. ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: OH SILENT NIGHT. ♪ ♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS:
HOLY NIGHT. ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: OH, YOU ARE THE… ♪ ♪ FALL ON YOUR KNEES. ♪ ♪ O HEAR THE ANGEL VOICES. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT DIVINE. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT WHEN
CHRIST WAS BORN. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT. ♪ ♪ O HOLY NIGHT. ♪ ♪ NIGHT OF THE SAVIORS
BIRTH, HMM YEAH. ♪ ♪ OOOH, NIGHT WHEN THE
SOUL FELT ITS WORTH, YEA. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT. ♪ ♪ O NIGHT DIVINE. ♪ ♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS:
SILENT NIGHT. ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: OH SILENT NIGHT. ♪ ♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS:
HOLY NIGHT. ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: OH YES, OH YES. ♪ ♪ IT WAS A HOLY NIGHT. ♪♪ [APPLAUSE]. ANNOUNCER: SINGING A MEDLEY OF
“WINTER WONDERLAND” AND “LET IT SNOW” PLEASE WELCOME
HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO, THOMPSON SQUARE. ♪ SHAWNA: SLEIGH BELLS RING,
ARE YOU LISTENING ♪ ♪ IN THE LANE SNOW
IS GLISTENING ♪ ♪ A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, ♪ ♪ WE’RE HAPPY TONIGHT WALKING
IN A WINTER WONDERLAND. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: GONE AWAY
IS THE BLUEBIRD. ♪ ♪ BOTH: HERE TO STAY
IS THE NEW BIRD, ♪ ♪ HE SINGS A LOVE
SONG AS WE GO ALONG. ♪ ♪ WALKING IN A
WINTER WONDERLAND. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: OH, THE
WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL ♪ ♪ BUT THE FIRE
IS SO DELIGHTFUL ♪ ♪ AND SINCE WE’VE
NO PLACE TO GO. ♪ ♪ BOTH: LET IT SNOW,
LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: IT DOESN’T
SHOW SIGNS OF STOPPING AND ♪ ♪ I BROUGHT SOME
CORN FOR POPPING. ♪ ♪ BOTH: THE LIGHTS ARE
TURNED WAY DOWN LOW. ♪ ♪ LET IT SNOW,
LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW. ♪ ♪ SHAWNA: IN THE MEADOW
WE CAN BUILD A SNOWMAN ♪ ♪ THEN PRETEND THAT
HE IS PARSON BROWN. ♪ ♪ HE’LL SAY ARE YOU MARRIED,
WE’LL SAY NO MAN ♪ ♪ BUT YOU CAN DO THE
JOB WHEN YOU’RE IN TOWN. ♪ ♪ BOTH: LATER ON WE’LL CONSPIRE,
AS WE DREAM BY THE FIRE. ♪ ♪ TO FACE UNAFRAID THE
PLANS THAT WE’VE MADE, ♪ ♪ WALKING IN A
WINTER WONDERLAND. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: WHEN WE FINALLY
KISS GOOD-NIGHT, ♪ ♪ HOW I HATE GOING
OUT IN THE STORM. ♪ ♪ BOTH: BUT IF YOU
REALLY HOLD ME TIGHT ♪ ♪ ALL THE WAY
HOME I’LL BE WARM. ♪ ♪ THE FIRE IS SLOWLY DYING. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: AND MY DEAR
WE’RE STILL GOOD-BYE-ING. ♪ ♪ BOTH: AS LONG
AS YOU LOVE ME SO, ♪ ♪ LET IT SNOW,
LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: LET IT SNOW. ♪ ♪ SHAWNA: WALKIN’. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: LET IT SNOW. ♪ ♪ SHAWNA: WALKIN’. ♪ ♪ BOTH: LET IT SNOW. ♪ ♪ WALKIN’ IN A
WINTER WONDERLAND. ♪♪ [APPLAUSE] PRESTON: ONE OF THE MANY WAYS
THE USO HELPS OUR MILITARY FAMILIES STAY
CONNECTED IS THROUGH ITS BOB HOPE LEGACY READING PROGRAM. RECOGNIZING THE CHALLENGES
MILITARY FAMILIES FACE WHEN DEALING WITH SEPARATION,
THE USO MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR MILITARY PARENTS TO
RECORD READINGS FOR THEIR KIDS, SO THAT THEY CAN
STILL SHARE STORY TIME WHEN THEY ARE DEPLOYED. CHRIS: THE USO SENDS
THE RECORDING TO THE CHILD, HELPING BRING FAMILIES
TOGETHER DESPITE THE MANY MILES THAT MAY SEPARATE THEM. PRESTON: WE HAVE A VIDEO
READING, RIGHT HERE, TONIGHT, THAT WAS MADE ESPECIALLY
FOR TWO BOYS IN THE AUDIENCE, AIDEN AND EMMETT,
AND THEIR FATHER BRAD, AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS. HEY GUYS! CHRIS: WHAT’S UP GUYS? PRESTON: LET’S TAKE A
LOOK AND LISTEN TO JONELLE’S SPECIAL READING… JONELLE: HELLO, MY NAME IS LT. COL. JONELLE EYCHNER, I’M IN THE UNITED
STATES AIR FORCE AND I AM DEPLOYED TO
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. TONIGHT I’M GOING TO READ
ONE OF MY FAVORITE POEMS, “THE SHEPHERD’S STORY”. “IMAGINING WHAT THE SHEPHERD
MUST HAVE FELT AT THAT MANAGER IN A STABLE THAT
EARLY MORNING. THE THING I MUST SAY
TOOK ME MOST BY SURPRISE, THE QUIET IN THE ROOM AND
THE QUIET IN THEIR EYES. WHAT I FELT ON THAT MORNING
THAT I FOUND SO WILD, THE DEEP LOVE BOTH PARENTS
HAD FOR THEIR CHILD. THEIR FAITH GAVE THEM HOPE
OF WHAT ONE CHILD COULD BRING, THE SONG IN THE CHILD
NO CHOIR COULD SING. HOW BLESSED ARE WE ALL
THAT ONE CHILD WAS BORN, HOW BLESSED ARE WE ALL ON
THIS GREAT CHRISTMAS MORN. DID A MIRACLE HAPPEN? WELL THAT’S UP TO YOU. IF YOU’VE WITNESSED A
BIRTH YOU’VE FELT IT TOO. TODAY WE GIVE THANKS
TO THE WONDER OF LIFE, TO THE HEART OF A HUSBAND
AND THE WILL OF A WIFE. TO FAMILY, SWEET FAMILY,
A MOST PRECIOUS WORD. TO THE VOICE OF A CHILD
THAT NEEDS TO BE HEARD. TO THE HOPE THAT ONE CHILD,
JUST ONE CHILD CAN BRING. TO THE SONG MOTHER
NATURE CONTINUES TO SING. I SPOKE NOT A WORD, BUT
WENT STRAIGHT ON MY WAY, TO SHARE THE GREAT NEWS
THAT I SAW ON THAT DAY. AS I WALKED BACK THAT NIGHT
I STARED UP AT THE STARS, AND THOUGHT ABOUT HOW
TRULY BLESSED WE ALL ARE. I GOT DOWN ON MY KNEES
TO THE WONDER OF LIFE. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL,
AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT.” BY JIMMY DUNN. NOW TO MY AWESOME FAMILY HERE
TONIGHT, I MISS YOU SO MUCH! TO MY HUSBAND BRAD,
YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING. THANK YOU FOR HOLDING
DOWN THE FORT AND BEING AN AMAZING DAD TO OUR SONS. TO MY BOYS, AIDEN AND EMMETT,
I KNOW IT’S NOT BEEN EASY WITH YOUR MAMA BEING SO FAR AWAY,
BUT YA’LL ARE TOUGH KIDS AND I’M PROUD OF YOU FOR YOUR
RESILIENCE AND I CAN’T WAIT TO BE HOME TO SHOWER
YOU WITH HUGS AND KISSES. TO MY MOM, ANA GARTH,
MY SISTER ROBIN, MY IN-LAWS GEORGE AND JUDY,
YOUR CIRCLE OF LOVE AND SUPPORT TO BRAD AND THE
BOYS DURING THIS DEPLOYMENT IS SO MUCH APPRECIATED. THANK YOU. AND TO THE USO, YOU ARE A
BRIGHT SPOT ALWAYS FOR THE STEADFAST SUPPORT
YOU PROVIDE TO THE TROOPS. TO THE THOUSANDS OF
VOLUNTEERS I SAY “THANK YOU” FOR THEIR SUPPORT
TO THE MILITARY AND NOW HERE TO SING ONE OF OUR
FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CLASSICS, “SANTA CLAUSE
IS COMING TO TOWN”, PLEASE WELCOME BACK, LOCASH. ♪ ♪ ♪ CHRIS: YOU
BETTER WATCH OUT. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER NOT CRY. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER NOT POUT. ♪ ♪ I’M TELLING YOU WHY. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ BOTH: SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ CHRIS: YOU BETTER WATCH
OUT, YOU BETTER NOT CRY. ♪ ♪ BOTH: YOU BETTER NOT POUT,
I’M TELLING YOU WHY. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ CHRIS: HE’S MAKING A LIST,
HE’S CHECKING IT TWICE. ♪ ♪ BOTH: GONNA FIND OUT
WHO’S NAUGHTY OR NICE. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ CHRIS: COME ON YA’LL,
PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER NOW. LET’S WARM IT UP A LITTLE BIT. ♪ ♪ ♪ HE SEES YOU WHEN
YOU’RE SLEEPING. ♪ ♪ HE KNOWS WHEN YOU’RE AWAKE. ♪ ♪ HE KNOWS IF YOU’VE
BEEN BAD OR GOOD, ♪ ♪ SO BE YOU BETTER BE
GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE. ♪ ♪ PRESTON: YEAH YOU BETTER
BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE. ♪ ♪ BOTH: YOU BETTER WATCH OUT. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER NOT CRY. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER NOT POUT. ♪ ♪ I’M TELLING YOU WHY. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS IS COMING. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS IS COMING. ♪ ♪ SANTA CLAUS
IS COMING TO TOWN. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER WATCH OUT. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER WATCH OUT. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER WATCH OUT. ♪ ♪ YOU BETTER WATCH OUT. ♪ CHRIS: YA’LL GIVE THEM
A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE! PRESTON: IT LOOKS GOOD ON
YOU MAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT. WOMAN: OH WHOA, THANK YOU! ANTONIO: MR. PRESIDENT
I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW, AMERICA LOVES YOU. AND I LOVE YOU. WE ALL LOVE YOU. THANK YOU. HERE TO SING HER VERSION OF
“GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN” PLEASE WELCOME ABBY ANDERSON. ♪ ♪ ♪ ABBY: WHILE THE SHEPHERDS
KEPT THEIR WATCHING ♪ ♪ O’ER THEIR
SILENT FLOCKS AT NIGHT. ♪ ♪ BEHOLD THROUGHOUT THE HEAVENS
THERE SHONE A HOLY LIGHT. ♪ ♪ THE SHEPHERDS
FEARED AND TREMBLED ♪ ♪ WHEN LOW ABOVE THE EARTH,
RANG OUT THE ANGEL CHORUS, ♪ ♪ THAT HAILED OUR
SAVIOR’S BIRTH. ♪ ♪ GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
OVER THE HILLS AND EVERYWHERE. ♪ ♪ GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
THAT JESUS CHRIST IS BORN. ♪ ♪ DOWN IN A LONELY MANGER,
THE HUMBLE CHRIST WAS BORN. ♪ ♪ AND GOD SENT US SALVATION,
THAT BLESSED CHRISTMAS MORN. ♪ ♪ SO, GO TELL IT
ON THE MOUNTAIN, ♪ ♪ OVER THE
HILLS AND EVERYWHERE. ♪ ♪ GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
THAT JESUS CHRIST IS BORN, YO! ♪ [HORNS PLAYING]. [SAXOPHONE SOLO]. ♪ ♪ ♪ GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
OVER THE HILLS AND EVERYWHERE. ♪ ♪ GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
THAT JESUS CHRIST IS… ♪ ♪ GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
OVER THE HILLS AND EVERYWHERE. ♪ ♪ GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, ♪ ♪ THAT JESUS CHRIST
IS BORN, HEY. ♪ ♪ CAN YOU HEAR IT? ♪ ♪ OOOH, YEA. ♪ ♪ OH BABE CAN YOU HEAR
IT, YEA, A-YEA, YES. ♪ ♪ JESUS CHRIST IS BORN. ♪♪ YAY! WOO! THANK YOU! [APPLAUSE]. ANNOUNCER: LADIES
AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME PRESIDENT OF
THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION, WILL SHAFROTH. WILL: GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE! MR. PRESIDENT, FIRST FAMILY,
DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS, FELLOW GUESTS… ON BEHALF OF THE
NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME
YOU TO THE 96TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CHRISTMAS
TREE LIGHTING! THE HOLIDAYS
BRING US TOGETHER, TO GIVE THANKS
FOR OUR BLESSINGS, TO SHARE THE JOY OF
FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND TO REMEMBER THE
BONDS THAT BIND US ALL. AND IT’S FITTING THAT WE
SHARE THIS MOMENT HERE, IN PRESIDENT’S PARK, ONE
OF AMERICA’S MOST BELOVED NATIONAL PARKS. TONIGHT, REMINDS US
THAT YEAR IN, YEAR OUT, WHATEVER THE
MOMENT IN HISTORY, WHATEVER’S HAPPENING
IN OUR COUNTRY, PARKS ARE TRULY COMMON GROUND,
WHERE AMERICANS COME TOGETHER. THESE PLACES ARE THE
PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY, NO MATTER WHO
WE ARE, WHERE WE LIVE, WHAT WE DO FOR A LIVING,
WHATEVER OUR BACKGROUND OR OUR POLITICS, WHEN WE STEP
FOOT IN A NATIONAL PARK, WE ARE, SIMPLY,
BEAUTIFULLY, AMERICANS. YEP. HERE IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS,
WE ARE HUMBLED BY THE AWESOME BEAUTY OF OUR LAND, INSPIRED
BY OUR SHARED HERITAGE. AND CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER
BY THE STORY OF WHO WE ARE. HERE IN OUR PARKS,
WE FEEL THE SOUL AND SPIRIT OF OUR COUNTRY. HERE IN OUR PARKS, WE’RE
REMINDED THAT WE ARE ONE AMERICAN FAMILY. SO, THIS HOLIDAY
SEASON, AND ALL SEASONS, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN US. SUPPORTING OUR PARKS IS
THE WAY THAT ALL OF US COME TOGETHER AND HELP PRESERVE
OUR COMMON INHERITANCE, ONCE AND FOREVER. THANK YOU ALL FOR
JOINING US THIS EVENING! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! SEE YOU IN THE PARKS! ANNOUNCER: LADIES
AND GENTLEMEN, HERE TO PERFORM “O
COME ALL YE FAITHFUL”, PLEASE WELCOME
INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED TENOR, ANTHONY KEARNS,
OF THE IRISH TENORS! ♪ ♪ ♪ ANTHONY: ADESTE FIDELES, ♪ ♪ LAETI TRIUMPHANTES. ♪ ♪ VENITE, ♪ ♪ VENITE IN BETHLEHEM. ♪ ♪ NATUM VIDETE, ♪ ♪ REGEM ANGELORUM. ♪ ♪ VENITE ADOREMUS. ♪ ♪ VENITE ADOREMUS. ♪ ♪ VENITE ADOREMUS DOMINUM. ♪ ♪ O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL. ♪ ♪ JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT. ♪ ♪ O COME YE, O COME
YE TO BETHLEHEM. ♪ ♪ COME AND BEHOLD HIM, ♪ ♪ BORN THE KING OF ANGELS. ♪ ♪ O COME, LET US ADORE HIM. ♪ ♪ O COME, LET US ADORE HIM. ♪ ♪ O COME, LET US ADORE HIM, ♪ ♪ CHRIST THE LORD. ♪ ♪ COME AND BEHOLD HIM, ♪ ♪ BORN THE KING OF ANGELS. ♪ ♪ O COME, LET US ADORE HIM. ♪ ♪ O COME, LET US ADORE HIM. ♪ ♪ O COME, LET US ADORE HIM, ♪ ♪ CHRIST, THE LORD. ♪♪ ♪ ♪ ANNOUNCER: TO SING THIS
NEXT HOLIDAY FAVORITE, LET’S WELCOME BACK THREE
LOVELY LADIES, ABBY ANDERSON, SPENSHA BAKER AND
GABBY BARRETT. ♪ ABBY: ROCKIN’ AROUND
THE CHRISTMAS TREE ♪ ♪ AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY HOP. ♪ ♪ MISTLETOE HUNG
WHERE YOU CAN SEE ♪ ♪ EVERY COUPLE
TRIES TO STOP. ♪ ♪ GABBY: ROCKIN’ AROUND
THE CHRISTMAS TREE ♪ ♪ LET THE CHRISTMAS
SPIRIT RING. ♪ ♪ LATER WE’LL HAVE
SOME PUMPKIN PIE ♪ ♪ AND WE’LL
DO SOME CAROLLING. ♪ ♪ ALL: YOU WILL GET
A SENTIMENTAL FEELING ♪ ♪ WHEN YOU HEAR, VOICES
SINGING LET’S BE JOLLY, ♪ ♪ DECK THE HALLS
WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY. ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: ROCKIN’
AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE ♪ ♪ HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY. ♪ ♪ EVERYONE DANCING MERRILY IN
THE NEW OLD FASHIONED WAY. ♪ HERE WE GO! [SAXOPHONE SOLO]. ♪ ABBY:YOU WILL GET
A SENTIMENTAL FEELING ♪ ♪ WHEN YOU HEAR. ♪ ♪ GABBY: VOICES SINGING
LET’S BE JOLLY. ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: DECK THE HALLS
WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY. ♪ ♪ ALL: ROCKIN’ AROUND
THE CHRISTMAS TREE ♪ ♪ HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY. ♪ ♪ EVERYONE DANCING MERRILY, ♪ ♪ IN THE NEW OLD
FASHIONED WAY. ♪♪NARRATOR: THERE ARE
OCEANS AND ROCKS.
PLACES WHERE FISH
SWIM AND BIRDS FLY.
HISTORY IS MADE,
ART IS CREATED,
THINGS HAPPENED THAT SHOULD
ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.
MAN: FIRE!NARRATOR: HEROES EMERGE,
A WOMAN SETS PEOPLE FREE,
A MAN MAKES LIGHT, A
LEADER STEPS FORWARD.
IT CAN BE A PLACE, A
FEELING, A STATE OF MIND.
SO GET UP, GET OUT THERE
AND FIND YOUR PARK.
ANNOUNCER: HIS FANS
KNOW HIM AS “HOP”! PLEASE WELCOME JOHN DRISKELL
HOPKINS AND JOE GRANSDEN PERFORMING “I SAW MOMMY
KISSING SANTA CLAUS”. ♪ HOP: I SAW MOMMY
KISSING SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ UNDERNEATH THE
MISTLETOE LAST NIGHT. ♪ ♪ SHE DIDN’T SEE ME CREEP, ♪ ♪ DOWN THE STAIRS
TO HAVE A PEEK. ♪ ♪ SHE THOUGHT
THAT I WAS UPSTAIRS ♪ ♪ IN MY BEDROOM FAST ASLEEP. ♪ ♪ THEN I SAW MOMMY
TICKLE SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ UNDERNEATH HIS BEARD
SO SNOWY WHITE. ♪ ♪ OH WHAT A LAUGH
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN, ♪ ♪ IF DADDY HAD ONLY SEEN, ♪ ♪ MOMMY KISSING SANTA
CLAUS LAST NIGHT. ♪ JOE: HEY JOHNNY,
HOW YOU DOIN’ BABY? HOP: HEY JOE, HOW’S IT GOING? JOE: MERRY CHRISTMAS BROTHER. HOP: MERRY CHRISTMAS
TO YOU BUDDY. JOE: HEY, I GOT A
QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU, I’M CONFUSED ABOUT SOMETHING. UGH, DID YOU REALLY SEE
YOUR MOM KISS SANTA CLAUS? HOP: YEA I DID, IT WAS WEIRD. JOE: I CAN’T FIGURE
THIS OUT BECAUSE I SAW MY MOM KISSING SANTA CLAUS. HOP: YEA, YEA, WAIT, WHAT? JOE: YEA MAN. HOP: DOES HE KISS
ALL THE MOMMIES? JOE: I THINK HE DOES. CHECK IT OUT. ♪ YES I, I SAW MOMMY
KISSING SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ UNDERNEATH THE
MISTLETOE LAST NIGHT. ♪ ♪ NOW SHE DIDN’T SEE ME CREEP ♪ ♪ DOWN THOSE STAIRS
JUST TO HAVE PEAK. ♪ ♪ SHE THOUGHT
THAT I WAS TUCKED UP ♪ ♪ IN MY BEDROOM FAST ASLEEP. ♪ ♪ AND THEN I, I SAW MOMMY
TICKLE SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ UNDERNEATH HIS BEARD
SO SNOWY WHITE. ♪ ♪ WELL WHAT A LAUGH
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN, ♪ ♪ IF DADDY HAD ONLY SEEN, ♪ ♪ MOMMY KISSING
SANTA CLAUS LAST NIGHT. ♪ YOU READY BABY? HERE WE GO. ♪ ♪ [TRUMPET SOLO]. ♪ ♪ [TRUMPET SOLO]. ♪ BOTH: WE SAW MOMMY
KISSING SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ UNDERNEATH THE
MISTLETOE LAST NIGHT. ♪ ♪ NOW YOU KNOW JOHNNY,
SHE DIDN’T SEE US CREEP, ♪ ♪ DOWN THOSE STAIRS
JUST TO HAVE A PEEK. ♪ ♪ HOP: I KNOW RIGHT, SHE
THOUGHT THAT WE WERE TUCKED UP ♪ ♪ IN OUR BEDROOMS FAST ASLEEP. ♪ ♪ BOTH: THEN WE SAW MOMMY
TICKLE SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ UNDERNEATH HIS BEARD
SO SNOWY WHITE. ♪ ♪ HOP: OH HO-HO, WHAT
A LAUGH IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ♪ ♪ IF DADDY HAD ONLY SEEN… ♪ ♪ JOE: MOMMY KISSING
SANTA CLAUS LAST NIGHT. ♪ ♪ HOP: MOMMY KISSING
SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ BOTH: KISSING SANTA
CLAUS LAST NIGHT… ♪♪ JOE: WE LOVE YOU MOMMY. HOP: LOVE YOU MOMMY. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪NARRATOR: YOU ARE
THE NATIONAL PARKS.
AND NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE,
OR WHERE YOU COME FROM,
THE PARKS ARE YOU TOO.ANNOUNCER: AND NOW, PLEASE
WELCOME PROLIFIC SINGER AND SONGWRITER MATTHEW WEST, WITH
HIS VERY OWN ORIGINAL TUNE “COME ON, CHRISTMAS”. MATTHEW: IT’S ALMOST
CHRISTMAS TIME EVERYBODY. IS ANYBODY EXCITED? COME ON, HEY! ♪ I LEFT THE LIGHTS
UP ALL YEAR ‘ROUND, ♪ ♪ I JUST COULDN’T BEAR THE
THOUGHT OF TAKIN’ ‘EM DOWN. ♪ ♪ I’VE BEEN SINGING “JINGLE
BELL ROCK” SINCE JULY. ♪ ♪ ALL THE NEIGHBORS LOOK AT
ME LIKE I’M CRAZY, BUT I-I, ♪ ♪ I GOT A FEELING THAT
I JUST CAN’T SHAKE. ♪ ♪ YOU SEE IT’S LASTED THREE
HUNDRED SIXTY FOUR DAYS. ♪ ♪ AND NOW I’M, I’M TOO
EXCITED I CAN’T SLEEP A WINK ♪ ♪ AND I STARE AT THE
SNOW OUTSIDE MY WINDOW ♪ ♪ JUST THINKIN’… ♪ ♪ COME ON, CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE
TAKING SO LONG, CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ WELL, I’VE BEEN WAITING ALL
YEAR FOR YOU TO GET HERE AND ♪ ♪ I CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER SECOND,
CAN’T YOU HEAR ME BEGGIN’. ♪ ♪ HURRY UP, SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ WELL HERE’S MY NUMBER JUST IN
CASE YOUR REINDEER GET LOST. ♪ ♪ AND I SURE WOULDN’T MIND, IF
YOU’RE EARLY THIS TIME YEA. ♪ ♪ SO, COME ON, COME ON,
COME ON, CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ SOMEBODY SAY, “COME
ON CHRISTMAS!” ♪ ♪ OH COME ON CHRISTMAS,
YEAH-AH, ALRIGHT. ♪ ♪ NOW LISTEN, WELL,
THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ♪ ♪ ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR. ♪ ♪ YOU CAN FEEL THE
EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR. ♪ ♪ WELL EVERYONE’S HANGIN’ WITH
FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND IT’S ♪ ♪ MAKING YOU FEEL LIKE
A KID ONCE AGAIN. ♪ ♪ I STEAL A KISS
UNDER THE MISTLETOE. ♪ ♪ WHILE OLD BING SINGS
“LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW”. ♪ ♪ THE ONLY THING THAT’S LEFT,
ON MY CHRISTMAS LIST IS… ♪ ♪ I’M HOPIN’ TO CATCH A
PEEK OF OLD’ ST. NICK. ♪ ♪ SO COME ON, CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE
TAKING SO LONG, CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ WELL I’VE BEEN WAITING ALL
YEAR, FOR YOU TO GET HERE, ♪ ♪ AND I CAN’T TAKE
ANOTHER SECOND, ♪ ♪ CAN’T YOU HEAR ME BEGGIN’? ♪ ♪ HURRY UP, SANTA CLAUS. ♪ ♪ I GIVE HIM MY NUMBER JUST IN
CASE THOSE REINDEER GET LOST. ♪ ♪ AND I SURE WOULDN’T MIND, IF
YOU’RE EARLY THIS TIME, YEA. ♪ ♪ WELL, COME ON, COME ON,
COME ON, CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ HEARTS ARE RACING ALL
AROUND THE WORLD, YEA. ♪ ♪ ALL THE SMILING FACES
ON THE BOYS AND GIRLS. ♪ ♪ WAITING JUST TO HEAR
THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RING. ♪ ♪ SINGING COME ON
CHRISTMAS, DO YOU THING! ♪ COME ON MR. SAXOPHONE! [SAXOPHONE SOLO]. COME ON PUT YOUR HANDS
TOGETHER, SING IT NOW. ♪ SINGING, COME ON CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE
TAKING SO LONG CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ SEE I’VE BEEN WAITING ALL
YEAR, FOR YOU TO GET HERE, ♪ ♪ AND I CAN’T TAKE
ANOTHER SECOND, ♪ ♪ CAN’T YOU HEAR ME BEGGING. ♪ ♪ HURRY UP SANTA CLAUS, WELL
HERE’S MY NUMBER JUST IN CASE ♪ ♪ YOUR REINDEER GET LOST. ♪ ♪ AND I SURE WOULDN’T MIND, IF
YOU’RE EARLY THIS TIME, YEA. ♪ ♪ SO COME ON, COME ON,
COME ON CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: HEARTS
ARE RACING ALL AROUND… ♪ ♪ MATTHEW: HEARTS ARE
RACING, YEA, YEA. ♪ ♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: SMILING
FACES ON THE BOYS AND GIRLS. ♪ ♪ MATTHEW: OH, I CAN’T
WAIT ANY LONGER. ♪ ♪ CAN YOU FEEL IT’S GETTING
STRONGER, YEA, YEA. ♪ ♪ SO WHATCHA WAITING FOR? ♪ ♪ I SAID COME ON, COME ON,
COME ON CHRISTMAS. ♪♪ MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY! ANNOUNCER: LADIES
AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME THE
UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, RYAN ZINKE. RYAN: WELL, MERRY
CHRISTMAS AMERICA! YOU KNOW WE ARE BLESSED
TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED AND
THE SPIRIT OF OUR FAMILY AND CHARITY IS ALIVE AND WELL. WE’RE ALSO BLESSED TO
LIVE IN COUNTRY WHERE OUR NATIONAL PARKS, “AMERICA’S BEST IDEA,”
TELL THE STORY OF THIS GREAT NATION: FROM THE ICONIC PARKS
OF THE WEST LIKE YELLOWSTONE AND YOSEMITE; TO PRESIDENT
TRUMP’S NEWEST MONUMENT, CAMP NELSON, WHERE OVER 10,000
BLACK AMERICANS JOINED THE UNION ARMY TO FIGHT
FOR THEIR FREEDOM. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. TOGETHER, THESE PARKS AND
PUBLIC LANDS SHOWCASE A NATION THAT IS RICH IN DIVERSITY,
HERITAGE, AND NATURAL WONDER. THIS CHRISTMAS I ENCOURAGE
EVERY AMERICAN TO VISIT OUR CELEBRATED NATIONAL PARKS,
AND YES, “FIND YOUR PARK.” I ALSO ASK THIS SEASON, YOU
KEEP IN MIND AND YOUR HEARTS THE EMPTY SEATS
AT THE FAMILY DINNER TABLES ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND. WHETHER IT’S A LOVED ONE IS
CURRENTLY DEPLOYED OR AS ONE THAT HAS GIVEN THE ULTIMATE
SACRIFICE TO OUR COUNTRY, OUR WARMEST THOUGHTS AND
PRAYERS GO OUT TO THOSE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
WHO DEFEND THIS GREAT LAND. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE. [AUDIENCE CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]. LASTLY, IT IS MY HIGH HONOR TO
INTRODUCE A MAN WHO HAS MADE AMERICA STRONG AND SAFE AGAIN. AS A FORMER NAVY
SEAL COMMANDER, I KNOW THAT THIS PRESIDENT AND
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF LOVES OUR TROOPS AND WILL
ALWAYS HAVE THEIR BACK. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
MAY I INTRODUCE, THE PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES, DONALD J. TRUMP, AND HIS LOVELY WIFE,
FIRST LADY, MELANIA. ♪ [“WINTER WONDERLAND”
PLAYING INSTRUMENTAL]. ♪ THE MAN WHO BROUGHT
CHRISTMAS BACK TO AMERICA. PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANK YOU
VERY MUCH AND RYAN I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR DOING SUCH A
BEAUTIFUL JOB ALL THROUGHOUT THE SEASON, AND WELCOME
EVERYONE MERRY CHRISTMAS, SPECIAL TIME OF THE YEAR. MELANIA AND I ARE THRILLED TO
BE HERE TODAY AS WE CELEBRATE ONE OF THE NATIONS MOST
CHERISHED TRADITIONS, THE LIGHTING OF THE
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE. TONIGHT’S CEREMONY IS ONLY
POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK OF THE MANY
TALENTED INDIVIDUALS, THEY WERE WORKING
LATE AT NIGHT, THEY WERE WORKING
EARLY IN THE MORNING, THEY WERE WORKING ALL THE
TIME AND MY SINCERE THANKS TO EVERYONE AT THE
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
APPRECIATE IT. AND LET ME ALSO EXTEND MY
DEEP APPRECIATION TO ALL OF TONIGHT’S WONDERFUL
ENTERTAINERS, THERE’S GREAT TALENT, THEY’RE GOING
ON TO BIG THINGS, MANY OF THEM, I’VE SEEN THEM AND THEY
ARE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
THAT WAS A GREAT JOB TONIGHT. A VERY SPECIAL RECOGNITION
TO THE STUDENTS WHO DESIGNED STUNNING ORNAMENTS TO DECORATE
56 DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS TREES HERE IN PRESIDENT’S PARK,
THANK YOU STUDENTS. WHEN THEY WERE
DOING THE 56 TREES, THEY WERE ONE FOR EACH STATE,
AND THE TERRITORIES IN OUR MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY, WE HAVE
TRULY A GREAT, GREAT COUNTRY, WE’RE VERY PROUD OF IT,
AND WE LOVE IT DEEPLY. NO MATTER ONE’S
FAITHS OR BELIEFS, THE CHRISTMAS SEASON REFLECTS
ALL THAT IS BEST IN THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. THIS IS A TIME OF THE YEAR FOR
REJOICING WITH OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, FOR SPREADING
CHARITY AND GOOD WILL IN OUR COMMITMENT ALL OVER THIS
COUNTRY IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND FOR GIVING
THANKS FOR ALL OF THE BLESSINGS IN OUR LIVES. WE ARE ESPECIALLY THANKFUL FOR
THE COUNTLESS AMERICANS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR TIME AND
PASSION TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. HERE IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY
ARE A NUMBER OF EXTRAORDINARY FOSTER FAMILIES AND GUARDIANS
JOINED BY THE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN THEY HAVE
WELCOMED INTO THEIR HOMES, AND BEAUTIFUL
CHILDREN THEY ARE. AS WE GATHER LOVED ONES, OUR
THOUGHTS TURN TO THOSE WHO ARE REBUILDING THEIR LIVES AFTER
DEVASTATING WILD FIRES, DESTRUCTIVE HURRICANES
AND TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. WE ARE ONE AMERICAN FAMILY,
WE HURT TOGETHER, WE HEAL TOGETHER AND WE WILL
ALWAYS PULL THROUGH TOGETHER. THIS IS THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, WE’RE THE BEST IN THE WORLD
AND THERE’S NOBODY CLOSE. [CHEERING]. TONIGHT WE HONOR THE FIRST
RESPONDERS WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SAVE THE LIVES OF
OTHERS AND ALL OF AMERICA SENDS OUR PROFOUND GRATITUDE
TO THE INCREDIBLE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE
UNITED STATES MILITARY. [CHEERING]. ON BEHALF OF MELANIA AND MYSELF
AND THE ENTIRE TRUMP FAMILY, MANY OF WHOM
ARE WITH US TONIGHT. I WANT TO AGAIN WISH YOU ALL
A VERY, VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. MAY THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON
BRING PEACE TO YOUR HEARTS, WARMTH TO YOUR HOMES,
CHEER TO YOUR SPIRIT AND JOY TO THE WORLD. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [AUDIENCE CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]. ♪GROUP: WE WISH YOU
A MERRY CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ WE WISH YOU A
MERRY CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ WE WISH YOU A
MERRY CHRISTMAS. ♪ ♪ AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. ♪ ♪ GOOD TIDINGS WE BRING
TO YOU AND YOUR KIN. ♪ ♪ GOOD TIDINGS FOR CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. ♪ ♪ SO, BRING US
SOME FIGGY PUDDING. ♪ ♪ SO, BRING US
SOME FIGGY PUDDING. ♪ ♪ SO, BRING US
SOME FIGGY PUDDING. ♪ ♪ AND A CUP OF GOOD CHEER. ♪ ♪ WE WON’T GO
UNTIL WE GET SOME. ♪ ♪ WE WON’T GO
UNTIL WE GET SOME. ♪ ♪ WE WON’T GO
UNTIL WE GET SOME. ♪ ♪ SO BRING SOME OUT HERE. ♪ ♪ GOOD TIDINGS WE BRING
TO YOU AND YOUR KIN. ♪ ♪ GOOD TIDINGS FOR CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. ♪♪ [APPLAUSE] ANTONIO: MERRY
CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT
AND THE FIRST FAMILY. THANK YOU AND
GOD BLESS YOU ALL. MATTHEW: COME ON STAND UP ON
YOUR FEET WITH US TONIGHT. WE WANT TO HEAR YOU
SING ALONG WITH US. ♪ DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW ♪ ♪ IN A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪ ♪ OVER THE FIELDS WE GO ♪ ♪ LAUGHING ALL THE WAY. ♪ ♪ SAID, BELLS ON BOBTAIL RING ♪ ♪ MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT. ♪ ♪ WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE AND
SING A SLEIGHING SONG TONIGHT. ♪ COME ON NOW. ♪ ALL: JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE
BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY! ♪ ♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE IN
A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH, HEY! ♪ ♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS,
JINGLE ALL THE WAY! ♪ ♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE
IN A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH. ♪ ♪ BOTH: A DAY OR TWO AGO I
THOUGHT I’D TAKE A RIDE, ♪ ♪ AND SOON, MISS FANNY BRIGHT
WAS SEATED BY MY SIDE. ♪ ♪ THE HORSE WAS LEAN AND LANK,
MISFORTUNE SEEMED HIS LOT. ♪ ♪ HE GOT INTO A DRIFTED BANK
AND THEN WE GOT UPSOT. ♪ COME ON, OH! ♪ ALL: JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE
BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY! ♪ ♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE IN
A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH, HEY! ♪ ♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE
BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY! ♪ ♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE
IN A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ SPENSHA: JUST HEAR THOSE
SLEIGH BELLS JING-A-LING, ♪ ♪ RING TING TING-A-TING TOO. ♪ ♪ C’MON IT’S LOVELY WEATHER ♪ ♪ FOR A SLEIGH
RIDE TOGETHER WITH YOU. ♪ ♪ GABBY: OUTSIDE
THE SNOW IS FALLING ♪ ♪ AND FRIENDS
ARE CALLING YOU HOO. ♪ ♪ C’MON IT’S LOVELY WEATHER ♪ ♪ FOR A SLEIGH
RIDE TOGETHER WITH YOU. ♪ ♪ ANTHONY: GIDDY-UP GIDDY-UP
GIDDY-UP LET’S GO, ♪ ♪ LET’S LOOK AT THE SHOW. ♪ ♪ WE’RE RIDING IN A
WONDERLAND OF SNOW. ♪ ♪ GIDDY-UP GIDDY-UP GIDDY-UP
IT’S GRAND ♪ ♪ JUST HOLDING YOUR HAND. ♪ ♪ WE’RE RIDING ALONG WITH A
SONG OF A WINTERY FAIRYLAND. ♪ ♪ ABBY: OUR CHEEKS ARE NICE AND
ROSY AND COMFY COZY ARE WE. ♪ ♪ WE SNUGGLE UP TOGETHER, ♪ ♪ LIKE TWO BIRDS OF A
FEATHER WOULD BE. ♪ ♪ LET’S TAKE THAT ROAD BEFORE
US AND SING A CHORUS OR TWO. ♪ ♪ C’MON IT’S LOVELY WEATHER ♪ ♪ FOR A SLEIGH RIDE
TOGETHER WITH YOU. ♪ ♪ SHAWNA: THERE’S A
BIRTHDAY PARTY ♪ ♪ AT THE HOME OF FARMER GREY. ♪ ♪ IT’LL BE THE PERFECT
ENDING OF A PERFECT DAY. ♪ ♪ BOTH: WE’LL BE SINGING THE
SONGS WE LOVE TO SING ♪ ♪ WITHOUT A SINGLE STOP. ♪ ♪ KEIFER: AT THE FIREPLACE WHERE
WE’LL WATCH THE CHESTNUTS POP. ♪ ♪ BOTH: POP, POP, POP. ♪ ♪ BOTH: THERE’S A HAPPY FEELING
NOTHING IN THIS WORLD CAN BUY. ♪ ♪ WHEN THEY PASS AROUND THE
COFFEE AND THE PUMPKIN PIE. ♪ ♪ JOE: IT’LL NEARLY BE
LIKE A PICTURE PRINT ♪ ♪ BY CURRIER & IVES. ♪ ♪ HOP: THESE WONDERFUL
THINGS ARE THE THINGS ♪ ♪ WE REMEMBER ALL
THROUGH OUR LIVES. ♪ ♪ ALL: JUST HEAR THOSE
SLEIGH BELLS JING-A-LING ♪ ♪ RING TING TING-A-TING TOO. ♪ ♪ C’MON IT’S LOVELY WEATHER ♪ ♪ FOR A SLEIGH RIDE
TOGETHER WITH YOU. ♪ ♪ OUTSIDE THE SNOW IS FALLING ♪ ♪ AND FRIENDS ARE
CALLING YOU HOO. ♪ ♪ C’MON IT’S LOVELY WEATHER ♪ ♪ FOR A SLEIGH RIDE
TOGETHER WITH YOU. ♪

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