Biden and Harris release Christmas greetings, call to continue COVID-19 precautions

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenJudge expels Republican action to close Georgia’s polls after business hours. First responders Fauci serenade with ‘happy birthday’ Joe Biden may be the president of middle class workers and all races MORE and elected vice president Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOssoff, Warnock each rake in more than 0 million Esquire names Jake Tapper as ‘The King of Truth’ in 2020, the Mayor of San Francisco says the Harris replacement has chosen ‘a real blow to the African American community’ MORE released Christmas greetings on Friday and urged Americans to continue taking safety precautions against coronavirus and avoid large meetings.

“Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, health and happiness this season. But we know that for many of you in our nation, this has been a very difficult year and, in this season of hope, we are reminded of our common humanity and what we are called to do for each other, “said Biden in a video on Twitter: “Many of our American colleagues are struggling to find work, literally putting food on the table and paying rent or mortgage.”

“We are reminded that we are on this earth to take care of each other, give what we can and be a source of help and hope for friends and strangers,” added the president-elect.

Jill Biden, who will become the first lady next month after Joe Biden took office, added in Friday’s video that “Many families are facing their first Christmas having lost a loved one. And Joe and I know that sadness. And we know how, in times of mourning, a kind word can mean a lot. “

Joe Biden added that his family usually hosts up to 25 people on Christmas Eve, but they canceled the tradition this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We are going to miss our family, but it is what we need to do to keep our family safe,” he said. “We hope that you will consider limiting travel and the size of family reunions this year as well.”

The couple also thanked the military, frontline and essential staff and researchers for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Harris said in a separate video on Friday that “I know this is a very different Christmas than we are used to. But it is still time to greet each other, see each other and celebrate. ”

Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff said his family traditionally offers family brunch over Christmas.

“It will be a much lesser situation, and I think of all the families who will also have, as Joe says, an empty chair at the table because of someone they lost,” said Harris, with the couple also thanking frontline workers and military.

“We’re going to get over this moment and we’re going to get over this moment,” said Harris.

Public health officials urged Americans not to group into large groups and to avoid traveling during the holiday season amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S.