After the experiences of this year, I know many of us will have a new understanding of what the word ‘hope’ means, writes Paul Davies MS.
Hope that, whether in person or digitally, we can get together with family and friends to celebrate what should be a joyful time of year.
Hope for a better future for our family and friends who have been affected by the pandemic, especially those who have suffered ill health or from the devastating economic impact that it has caused.
Hope that we maintain our strengthened community spirit into the new year that has helped the most vulnerable in our communities throughout this year.
For me Christmas is a time to see my family and to put politics to one side. I know many people use this time of year for reflection. This year many people will be reflecting on the loss of loved ones, having to adjust to a new way of being without them. My heart goes out to everyone this Christmas who are going through this suffering.
Christmas is also a time of thanks, for those who have cared for us, to those who have put us above themselves. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all those in front line public services who have faced the challenges of the past year with courage, dedication and passion.
Together our amazing NHS staff, care workers, Armed Forces personnel, council staff and the army of volunteers have been through more than any of us can imagine and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can’t be repaid.
I hope that for many people Christmas can renew our hope and that together we can look forward to a more positive future.
Whatever Christmas holds for you and your families, I hope it is one where there can be joy, and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Nagolig Llawen i chi i gyd.
Paul Davies is the Leader of the Welsh Conservative Senedd Group and the Member of the Senedd for Preseli Pembrokeshire.