Stories From Radio's Christmas Day Programming—12/25/1945


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As night fell on Christmas Eve, a crowd of 10,000 gathered on the snow covered south lawn of the White House to witness the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. They were a mix of men, women, and children with all kinds of faces. There were civilians and military personnel, some healthy, some wounded and recovering. Many in the crowd had been waiting in the frigid cold for almost three hours, singing christmas carols to keep warm and joyous. Even a stray dog had managed to wander in and become part of the festivities. At 5:00PM, President Truman emerged through the crowd to cheers and glad tidings. The lighting ceremony had been cancelled during the war, so this represented the dawn of a new era. The Norwegian spruce was adorned with donated ornaments and string after string of light bulbs. The President climbed the stairs of the ceremonial platform and acknowledged the crowd with a short smile. The Washington Choral Society Sang O’ Come, All Ye Faithful and the rest of the crowd joined in. At 5:15 he spoke.

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