Senator John ThuneChristmas is a special time when we are particularly mindful of the importance of our families in our lives. This year, I am joined in wishing all South Dakotans a Merry Christmas by my wife Kimberley and our daughters, who I am happy have travelled home from college for Christmas break.
Christmas gives us the perfect opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and remember how much our loved ones mean to us. We recognize the importance of friends and family with gifts and celebrations, all while remembering that it is not material success that makes us happy, but the love and friendship of those around us. I hope that Christmas is a season of joy for all South Dakotans.
Of course, we all are mindful of the fact that this year has been difficult for some of our neighbors. In the years that I have represented South Dakota in the House of Representatives and the Senate, I have traveled across our state frequently and met people in nearly every town. I am always amazed by the generous spirit of our people, and I know that in difficult times those in need can count on others for support. Not all of us have the means to make financial donations to those in need, but all of us have the ability to make someone’s day brighter, even with just a smile and friendly conversation.
Christmas is also a time to remember those South Dakotans who must spend the season far from their loved ones. Many South Dakotans are serving bravely in our Armed Forces, and many families in South Dakota wait and pray for their safe return. I ask all South Dakotans to join in praying for the safety of all our troops who will spend Christmas in dangerous places around the globe.
I hope that in all the bustle surrounding Christmas we remember what makes our lives special, specifically our family and other loved ones. I wish all of those travelling this season safe journeys wherever they go. Again, from my family to yours, I wish you a very blessed and Merry Christmas.