December 25, 1944

President’s Gift Reflects Hope of Victory
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The fourth wartime Christmas is here, and President Roosevelt gave White House employees a special give: a scroll of his D-Day prayer for victory over the “unholy forces of our enemy.” Each scroll measured 21 by 14 and is engraved in black, gold, red, and blue letters. The first lady visited a Salvation Army party, where she was given a gift of roses and listened to carolers. She gave a special Christmas message to mothers with sons in the war. Later, the president and first lady enjoyed a quiet yuletide with their daughter and some grandchildren. Their four sons in the armed forces were not present.

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