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                              THE WHITE HOUSE
                       Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                  December 24, 1999
                            AND THE FIRST LADY
                           IN CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

THE PRESIDENT: On this holiest of holidays, Hillary and I would like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas. This is a season of joy, a time for family and friends to rejoice in one another's company, and in the magic of Christmas.

MRS. CLINTON: At the dawn of this new millennium, let us reflect on our hopes, our dreams, and the gifts we can give to the future. Let us all cherish the gift of every child among us and pledge to build a world worthy of all our children.

THE PRESIDENT: May the spirit of the season be with you today and throughout the New Year. From our family to yours, merry Christmas, happy New Year, may God bless you all.