I look forward to Christmas every year. For me Christmas is about being at home in Doncaster, getting together with family and friends, decorating the perfect tree, and watching Christmas movies.
This year, I found the perfect tree at the green grocers in Tickhill, and started putting up the decorations straight away.
Thanks to everyone who has invited me to your community event this year, welcomed me to your school, or let me know about something good – or not so good – that is happening in your parish or village.
I particularly want to thank everyone who volunteers in our community. My job brings me into contact with many people who run community centres and libraries, support schools, community activities, sports teams, local churches, parish councils, neighbourhood watch and community projects – just about everything we need. They make things happen, fill our calendar with events to be part of, and make our communities stronger.
In every community there are those who make everything happen, and make a real difference. This Christmas, I’d like to us to think of all of those people who make our communities what they are.
And let’s not forget those who don’t have many people to see them this Christmas. Christmas is about being together, not alone.
I know Christmas is finally here when the local Methodist church choir come knocking on Christmas eve, as they sing carols around the village.
Whatever you do, I hope you have a good and peaceful Christmas with those who matter to you. With my very best wishes for the season