The blessings of Christmas

Published 10:33 am Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas is on the horizon, and with it come the wonderful opportunities to gather with family and friends to reflect on our many blessings as Americans. I have no greater blessing than my three children, and in Congress, I have always focused on how the policies we debate will impact the futures of all children across the Fifth District and the country. As Ronald Reagan said in a Christmas address in 1981, “Christmas means so much because of one special child. But Christmas also reminds us that all children are special, that they are gifts from God, gifts beyond price that mean more than any presents money can buy. In their love and laughter, in our hopes for their future lies the true meaning of Christmas.”

As the holidays bring families together, it also reminds us of those who have loved ones serving in the armed forces who cannot be at home. For those who are serving and defending us all around the world, thank you. You represent the best that our country has to offer, and your bravery and dedication are an inspiration to all. Every American has you in our thoughts and prayers, especially at this time of the year.

My family and I extend our best wishes to all the families of the Fifth District for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Robert Hurt represents Charlotte County in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached at his Farmville office at (434) 395-0120 or by email at