President-elect Donald Trump at a press conference in Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Fla., On December 21, 2016

On Saturday, Donald Trump and his wife attended Christmas eve services at a historical church near his Palm Beach estates. The couple received a standing ovation from the congregation when they stepped into the church for the eve services.

Trump tweeted wishes for a “Happy Hanukkah” earlier Saturday.

The Trump family has frequented the church a number of times in the past fews decades. Donald Trump got married to his third wife Melian, there in the year of 2005. Trump’s youngest son, Barron was christened in same church as well.

Right before the services on Saturday night, The arrivals were funneled through the metal detectors which were pitched near the church. The members were also put under security surveillance throughout the Christmas eve for a possible visit from Trump.

Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church’s rector, the Rev. James R. Harlan, said in a statement earlier this week. “Should we be asked to do so, we will work with the secret service to accommodate their needs for security, but we will not discuss those arrangements or plans, not even to confirm or deny that there are plans for any particular service.

We are confident that any possible security arrangements will not make attending our beautiful Christmas worship any more challenging for those attending.”

“Out of respect for each person’s faith, we will not comment on any individual and their participation in the life this parish—even public figures.”

Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church is one of the oldest Protestant church in state of South Florida. It came in existence for more than 125 years ago in Palm Beach.

Church’s location has made it popular with the frequent visits from a number celebrities, politicians and athletes.

Michael Jordan was also married in this very church in the year of 2013, and singer Rod Stewart was also spotted at a service earlier Christmas Eve.


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