(CNN) - The presidential and GOP weekly web and radio addresses traded partisan rhetoric for holiday cheer and praise for the service members protecting America.
President and Mrs. Obama spoke to members of the armed forces, lauding their volunteer service and encouraging Americans to support the troops.
"As long as that service keeps the rest of us safe, their sacrifice should also be our own, even heroes can use a hand, especially during the holidays," first lady Michelle Obama said.
President Obama said, "So let's all remind them this holiday season that we're thinking of them and that America will forever be there for them, just as they've been there for us."
The first couple encouraged everyone to give their time, resources or spirit to those who are less fortunate.
Rep. Joe Pitts, a Pennsylvania Republican and Vietnam veteran said those serving in the military are a reminder of the "fulfillment that comes from humbly serving one another."
"To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home," Pitts said.
Both greetings invoked the meaning of Christmas to instill a larger message of service and gratitude.
"This is the season when we celebrate the simplest yet most profound gift of all, the birth of a child who devoted his life to the message of peace, love and redemption, a message that says no matter who we are, we are called to love one another," President Obama said.
Rep. Pitts called on scripture to describe the meaning of the holiday.
"Behind the splendor of the Christmas season lies a simple and inspiring story of how a single birth spread a message of love and salvation throughout the world, one that continues to resonate across this and other lands," Pitts said. "Scriptures tell us, in him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind."