We need the joy that Christmas brings
December 24, 2012
By U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador
is the time of year we gather with our loved
ones to share the joy of the season. Many of us
have long-held traditions such as singing
Christmas carols with friends or taking our
children and grandchildren to see Santa. We meet
at the table for Christmas dinner and exchange
gifts with one another.
Of course, for many of us there is a deeper
meaning that makes the season even more special.
This “spirit of Christmas” is more than Santa
Claus, it is more than the Christian traditions
and extends to those of all faiths, bringing us
closer together and helping us focus on the good
We live in a world that needs the joy that
Last week in Newtown, Connecticut, the peace of
the Christmas season was shattered by an
unspeakably evil act. A heartbroken nation was
reminded of the need to hold our children close
and tell our families how much we love them
while we still can.
The cruel loss of such innocent lives casts a
shadow that reminds us how precious and fragile
life is. Especially with our hearts so heavy, we
can be grateful for the blessings of home and
The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas
should remind us to think of how we can be of
service to others. This season brings our
families together. As we perform acts of
kindness and remember all that we have been
given, it becomes a bit easier to deal with
This season is a time to reflect on the past
year and look to the new one with a new
perspective. That perspective will help us when
we set goals for the New Year. It will
strengthen our resolve and we will be better
prepared for the year ahead.
I am humbled by the opportunity you have given
me to represent you in Congress these past two
years. I look forward to representing you during
the next session of Congress. My desire is that
the spirit of goodwill we experience this
Christmas season will continue with us
throughout the next year.
I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and a
happy New Year.
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