Christmas message

Christmas begins for me with the opening chords at the Loddon Valley Carol concert. It is a pleasure to hear the massed choirs of our local primary schools, and a joy to listen to the fine musicians of the Berkshire Maestros youth orchestra. The songs, carols and music they provide reminds us of the joy of giving at the heart of the Christmas message.  Christmas is a time for wonder, for the warmth of hearth and home, for  the magic of Santa. It is a time for children,  whose excitement  is infectious. Their enthusiasm makes the work in shopping, decorating, cooking and preparing so worthwhile.

Nor is Christmas limited to the young. All of us who remain young at heart still get a thrill from the sounds, smells, tastes and delights of the festive season.

It is also a time for all of us to say thank you to those who do so  much to provide the services which help our community thrive, to thank those who work for charity, who help those in need, who ensure the lonely and the elderly are not neglected.  The Christian message behind our festival embraces a wider  feeling for everyone. It rests on the simple idea that love and community, giving and helping others, enriches the giver as well as the receiver.

I wish you and yours every happiness at Christmas. I hope you all have a great break and enjoy the comfort of your homes, friends and families. I also know that many of you will make sure our relatives and neighbours do not end up lonely over the holiday period

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20 Comments

  1. Lifelogic
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    Happy Christmas to all, and thanks For all your work in trying to put the Tory party back on a sensible path.

    There is little sign it is working so far. Let’s hope the new year and the March budget finally brings some sensible fiscal policies, a bonfire of red tape and some cheap energy. Start by killing the absurd stamp duty levels and the absurd attacks on landlords and thus tenants.

    Hammond so far seems as dire and wrong headed as IHT ratter Osborne, let us hope he comes to his senses or goes.

    • Hope
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      Happy Christmas to you and your family JR. This medium is the way forward to reach the public.

  2. Lifelogic
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I see that Prince Charles, in thought for the day, has been lamenting all the appalling religious persecution. What he failed to mention was that this nearly all dreadful persecution comes from certain religions indeed as a direct result of religion in general.
    Get religion out of schools as much as we possible can please.

    At least he was not lecturing us on global warming and climate alarmism, this while spending over £1 million a year on his personal travel arrangements helicopters, flights and Aston Martins.

    .

    • Anonymous
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Lifelogic – He went on to use the ‘P’ word – populism, which he must know is a pejorative term. It’s us he’s getting annoyed with. You know, the people who used peaceful democratic means to make their feelings known and who have yet to receive credit for having NOT directed their ire at migrants ? In fact migration has hit record levels this Brexit year gives lie to the claims that we are unpleasant to migrants.

      • getahead
        Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

        Charlie seems not to realise that populism is synonymous to democracy.

    • getahead
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      We did religion very much where I went to school. However the religion that was imposed upon us did not promote the death sentence on none believers.

  3. alan jutson
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Agreed.

    Time to celebrate with family and with friendship to others, indeed this should be the theme during the rest of the year as well, not just at Christmas.

    Seasons greetings to you and your family JR, and to all contributors to this site.

  4. Ian Wragg
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    As someone not too fussed over Christmas. 9 years at sea and 20 years in the Middle East I would like to wish you and yours all the best.
    Let’s hope we are free men and women this time next year.

    • getahead
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Were you in Qatar Ian?

  5. Pigger
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to you JR and your family. Also to all who comment here, Happy Christmas!

  6. Joe Jonkler
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I wish you a merry Christmas and offer my thanks for your continuing endeavours to keep the Conservative party true to its values.

  7. Bert Young
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    John , to you and all of your responders , ” A Happy Christmas “. Your blogs have been a real stir to my instincts and I appreciate them very much indeed ( note Lifelogic ). Please keep them coming ! .

  8. David Webb
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you John … I’ve much enjoyed your diary throughout the year. Always gets the day off to a good start.

  9. MPC
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and thank you for all of your hard work this year.

    Your mention of young people takes me back to the referendum and how uplifting it was to work in my local campaign with – and be outnumbered by – young people in their twenties with some very highly developed views on the nature of democracy. A far cry from the simple generalisation we often heard in the media that ‘young people wish to remain’!

    I hope you have a relaxing break and return energised and ready to continue securing our democracy in 2017.

  10. margaret
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Happy Christmas to all . A special thanks to the Salvation Army who will be feeding hundreds of homeless and rough sleepers over the season.

    Freedom is also a psychological centred attitude . Whilst we need laws and trade deals to suit our style of governance we need the freedom of mind and spirit to appreciate the good in people and not put down everyone who comes on the scene. A happy and a prosperous new year to all.

  11. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    We no longer have small children in our family, though we do have a very cute dog that gets excited by it all.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  12. Graham
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you John for fitting in your strong blog with so many other things to do.

    Have a great family Christmas and look forward to your contributions next year

    Graham

  13. Peter Lloyd
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    You can be very proud of the contribution you have made to the effort to achieve Brexit, particularly on challenging the narrative of economic doom portrayed by political leaders, central bankers and economists.
    Thank you.

  14. Richard Hobbs
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours, John,
    Many thanks for all your work which I appreciate very much.

  15. Will Williams
    Posted December 24, 2016 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr Redwood,

    A happy Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts through your diary.

    Yours sincerely
    Will Williams

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