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Christmas Greetings from Warren Truss

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Christmas Greetings from Warren Truss 25th December, 2010

Christmas is a very special time of the year when family and friends gather together, some travelling long distances, to celebrate in warm and familiar company the year that has been, and to plan for the future.

Christmas is much more than an occasion of trees and lights, gifts and parties. The symbols of Christmas highlight the joyous reason for our festivity.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ whose love brought salvation and the message of peace and goodwill to all.

Those who seek to take Christ out of Christmas or Christmas out of the holidays lose the central reason for the celebrations and their special meaning and purpose.

The way in which the joyous Christmas message reaches out to all in our society depends on our willingness to extend a helping hand and offer a caring heart.

For people who have lost loved ones or who are far from home, Christmas can be hard and difficult, yet precious memories of happier times shared together can help to bring them closer.

This year we think especially of those who have lost their property or crops through the heavy rainfall and flooding.

As we celebrate with family and friends, it is important to remember in the true spirit of Christmas the people in our community who are less fortunate - the homeless, the jobless, the sick, and those spending Christmas alone - and consider what we might be able to do to comfort those in need.

We thank also all those who must work this Christmas Day to maintain essential services and care for those in need.

We live in an area that is popular with interstate and overseas tourists, so there is more traffic on our roads at this time of year. With all the wet weather, roads will be more hazardous than ever. Please pay special attention and be cautious and courteous on the roads this Christmas. Your patience on crowded roads could help to avoid a tragic Christmas for some.

Lyn and I extend our very best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas season and a successful 2011. May everyone enjoy the time of giving and sharing with their loved ones, family and friends.