No other time in the British calendar is more synonymous with family than Christmas. For most, it is a time when we put our busy lives on hold to be with our loved ones, to rejoice in togetherness and the warmth of seasonal cheer. It is also a time to take stock and reflect on the year which preceded us.

Few events in the history of British politics will have had more of an impact than our vote to leave the European Union in June.

Many families, including my own, had their disagreements over which path Wales and the UK should follow. Indeed, my daughter and I often locked horns in heated debate over the dinner table, trading statistical onslaughts in a bid to assert each of our viewpoints.

In re-reading Dylan Thomas’s ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’, I stumbled on a quote which had a funny sort of resonance: “It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”

In his own way, what Thomas is saying is this: We are not defined by our disagreements, rather by how we overcome those disagreements and move on together, for together as one British family, we are at our strongest and best.

It is often said that the second most precious thing you can give after your love is your labour. Christmas is a time to give thanks to the hard working men and women who keep us safe, who keep us well, and keep our economy moving. Those who will be performing public service on Christmas day, away from their families, are owed a huge debt of gratitude.

Many will be spending Christmas alone or on the streets; an unbearably sad prospect. Where possible, we as a society have a duty to alleviate the plight of these people when it is in our power to do so.

So, as we come together with our loved ones, let’s take a moment to look back on what was at times a divisive and trying year, and think about what kind of future we want to build for our children and their children after them.

Source: Welsh Conservatives