Christmas is a special time of the year where loved ones gather together to share in the joy of the season.
Christmas brings to mind all of those things in life that are most important, and reminds us that the greatest blessings we have are the people who share our life.
The festive season gives us all a chance to reflect on the importance of family, friends, and community. We are reminded that each of us can make a difference by demonstrating peace, compassion, and goodwill to others.
Christmas is a time to slow down and to savour the simple things in life. It is also a chance to think about others less fortunate than ourselves, and to wish for better opportunities and happiness for those who may be experiencing hardship or misfortune at this time, both locally and abroad, and to look for ways to help them.
I am constantly inspired as I have the opportunity to meet many who work hard to volunteer, or raise funds for, or to visit those who are experiencing hardship at this time.
I wish all Western Australians a happy Christmas, and a happy, safe and healthy New Year.