President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday greeted the nation on the eve of the "happy" and "joyous" occasion of Christmas.
In a message, the president said, "On the happy occasion of Christmas, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all my citizens.
"As we celebrate Christmas this year, may the spirit and message of this beautiful festival flow into our hearts and minds so that the lamp of love, kindness and compassion glows in every person and peace and goodwill prevail in our midst. On this occasion, let us recall the life of Lord Jesus Christ with reverence."
In his message, the prime minister said that Christmas is an extremely joyous occasion not only for Christians, but the people of all faiths.
"Exchange of gifts, greetings and other festivities not only reinforce the bonds within one's immediate family but also in the community at large," Manmohan Singh said.
"May the Christmas this year usher in peace, happiness and joy for all."