First Lady Melania Trump delighted some sick children with a visit to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., as part of an annual Christmas tradition for first ladies that started over 60 years ago with First Lady Bess Truman.

Dressed beautifully in a white dress and coat, the First Lady met with patients, families, and staff in the neuroscience center, then she sat by Santa and the Christmas tree in the atrium to read “The Polar Express” to the children.

The First Lady fielded questions from the kids about her favorite Christmas carol (O Holy Night), if she could spend her holiday anywhere in the world where would she go (a tropical deserted island with her family), her family Christmas traditions, her favorite thing to eat for Christmas dinner, and what she asked Santa for for Christmas (Peace on earth, health, love, and kindness).

Watch her answer the kids’ questions:

After the event, First Lady Melania Trump put out a beautiful statement about the visit, thanking the hospital and offering her prayers and best wishes for the ill: “I was so grateful at the opportunity to spend time with the children and their families today, and want to thank the medical staff at Children’s National for their lifesaving work.

“The holidays are a time for hope, love, traditions and family, and it is my wish for everyone to be able to celebrate them in good health with their loved ones. Many of the patients and families I visited with today cannot spend the holidays at home this year, so I ask everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers as we hope for a speedy recovery and joyous New Year.”

First Lady Melania clearly has a special place in her heart for sick children. She has visited Children’s National at least two other times this year and her overseas trips have included visits to children’s hospitals in Rome and Paris.

What a kind and classy First Lady we have!

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