President Donald Trump and Melania sing Christmas hymns during late night mass at National Cathedral
The Trumps reportedly sat in the front pew of the cathedral, and president Trump was seen singing joyously along with his wife
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended a worship service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Christmas Eve. The first couple reportedly arrived at the cathedral for a late service on Monday, right after answering calls from children asking the first couple where Santa Claus was, as part of the NORAD Santa Tracker program.
Trump, during the annual tradition, had reportedly also hinted to a seven-year-old that Santa Claus wasn't real by asking him if he still believed in Santa.
Reports state that the Trumps joined in singing Christmas hymns like 'O Come, All Ye Faithful' at the cathedral that deems the Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist as "one of the most beautiful services of the year," the Daily Mail reported.
The Trumps reportedly sat in the front pew of the cathedral, and the president appeared to be carefully watching the procession for the service as it walked by him. The Republican was also pictured singing joyously along with his wife. According to a White House pool report, Melania was the only member of the family in attendance with the president at the mass.
The first lady reportedly canceled her Christmas plans at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida and rushed back to the White House on Sunday to be with the president. Reports state that the president will remain in Washington, DC throughout the holiday period because of the government shutdown. The first lady and her son Barron Trump had left for Mar-a-Lago club on Friday afternoon and had planned to spend more than two weeks there.
President Trump and his family typically celebrate their holiday season in Florida every year. Reports state that Senators are not set to meet again until December 27, which means that there is little chance of an end to the shutdown impasse before Christmas.
Reports that one of the traditions at the Trump family includes Christmas Eve Mass at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach.
The church was the location for Melania and Donald Trump's wedding in 2005. The family then holds a large Christmas banquet which generally takes place on December 25.