As we begin to slow down from a very busy year, I want to extend my warmest wishes to all of Bermuda during this holiday season. This is a special time for celebrating family, community and the blessings that we have.

Whether you choose to observe Christmas, Kwanza, or Hanukkah, or have no religious or cultural ties to the holiday season at all, I encourage you to remember and think about those in our community who are alone, ill, or struggling daily to make ends meet.

Remember the families who are spending their first holiday season without a child, a parent, or sibling as a result of gun violence, or as the result of a road traffic accident. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

As we approach 2018, I want to again, extend my sincere thanks to those of you that have supported this PLP government thus far, and know that we plan to continue to work tirelessly for a better Bermuda.

On behalf of my family and the Progressive Labour Party, I wish you a very Happy Holiday and a prosperous and bright new year.