Below is a brief video message. From my family to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a happy new year!
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Below is the full text of the video message:
As we come together as friends and family during this holiday season, may we all take a moment to express appreciation for the blessings that surround us; and the freedoms we hold dear.
In keeping with the spirit of love and celebration, I want to express my gratitude to the people of Utah who have entrusted me to represent them in our nation’s capital during these challenging times. I also want to pay tribute to the men and women in our nation’s military who sacrifice greatly – so that we can remain free.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: “freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, and the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
One of the greatest privileges I have as a Senator is to meet with brave Utahns who choose to put on the uniform of our country and defend our freedoms. These soldiers inspire me with their willingness to sacrifice and incredible spirit to serve.
The Son, whose birth we celebrate this season, was the supreme messenger of peace. He instilled goodness in the hearts and minds of those who sought for truth, and inspired freedom through good works and charity.
His ministry has continued to cultivate peace and hope, particularly at this time of year when all stop for a moment to reflect and celebrate.
Christmas is more than a day; it is a season of forgiveness, a desire for peace, and a celebration of new hope. As we leave 2013 and enter into a new year – it is my desire that we might all feel a renewed desire to respect each other, to forgive others, and honor those who sacrifice for our continued freedom and joy.
So as the Christmas bells ring in the day, may they peal in tribute to our nation and the goodness of its people. And, may the spirit of the season fill your souls; and bring peace and a renewed hope for the future ahead.
Elaine and I want to send our very best wishes to you for a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!