from Bakersfield Observed:
“Merry Christmas! During the rush to get and wrap last-minute gifts and see extended family, let us not forget the true meaning of the Christmas season – the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the blessings of God’s love for all of us.
“We celebrate Christmas not just for the time to be with our families and spread a little joy in the world, but we also remember that our truest opportunity for happiness and peace comes through Jesus Christ, whose birth we will celebrate in just a few days. He is the reason why this season is so joyful.
“In our daily lives, we strive to mimic the example that Jesus taught us and the Christmas season marks the start of a new year to renew this commitment to others. As Jesus teaches, we are meant to serve others and let us continue to help those in need in our community.
“Few emulate this more than the men and women in uniform home and abroad, and the intelligence professionals and diplomats who are spending this Christmas season away from their families in defense of our country and the freedoms we enjoy. We thank them and their families every day for your sacrifice. They may not be home for Christmas, but their service gives the rest of America the opportunity to celebrate this season in peace and security. We should continue to keep these individuals and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
“Judy and I and our entire family wish everyone the merriest Christmas, and a Happy New Year.”