(CNSNews.com) - Joe and Jill Biden recorded a videotaped message to wish people “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” in which the explained why they stayed away from their family this Christmas.
“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, health and happiness this season,” Biden said in the message.
“But we know for so many here in our nation, this has been a very difficult year,” he said.
“And we’re reminded in this season of hope our common humanity and what we are called to do for one another,” he said.
“Many of our fellow Americans are struggling to find work, literally put food on the table, pay the rent or their mortgage,” said Biden. “We’re reminded we’re on this Earth to care for one another. To give what we can and be a source of help and hope to friend and stranger alike.”
“For the Bidens,” he said, “we usually have 20 to 25 people over Christmas Eve for dinner, but not this year. We’re going to miss our family, but it’s what we need to do to keep our family safe.
“We hope you’ll consider limiting travel and the size of family gatherings as well this year,” he said.