FOR ME, Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends at home, as it is for many people throughout Bromsgrove.
However, there are those for whom Christmas is a difficult time. Some people will have lost a loved one and others may not be able to be with their family.
I think, also, of our selfless and courageous troops. This year many have volunteered to build hospitals and treat Ebola victims in Sierra Leone. I know that I speak for all of us when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Christmas is also the perfect time to look back on the past year and take stock of all that’s happened. As well as being a time for joy and celebration, it’s a chance to acknowledge all that we have and to be thankful for those things that give each of us satisfaction, fulfilment and happiness.
Personally, I continue to gain great satisfaction from serving my constituents. Residents approach me with their problems and concerns every week in my surgeries, in the street or on the phone, and helping them is what matters most in my role.
I hope you have all have a very merry Christmas, and a prosperous 2015.