Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: December 20, 1996

Remarks at a 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?

The First Lady. You can chime in?

The President. So you can chime in. If you know—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 St. Nicholas."

[At this point, the President read the story.]

Note: The President spoke at 1:47 p.m. in the East Room at the White House.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Remarks at a White House Children’s Christmas Party, December 20, 1996," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 20, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543 Original Sources, accessed January 31, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=952HNEP8FITZNUW.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Remarks at a White House Children’s Christmas Party, December 20, 1996." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 20, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543, Original Sources. 31 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=952HNEP8FITZNUW.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Remarks at a White House Children’s Christmas Party, December 20, 1996' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 20, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543. Original Sources, retrieved 31 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=952HNEP8FITZNUW.