Christmas message – Kate Forbes MSP (SNP, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch)

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As we approach another Christmas, it can be a time to take stock of what’s happened over the past 12 months.

Locally, there has been much to celebrate. We are making progress with a new Belford Hospital, the new Corpach marina is taking shape and the opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Centre was a hugely welcome development.

I realise there is still much work to be done however – and that there are other pressing matters, such as the Corran Ferry and the A82 around Fort William, where progress has been slower than I would like. I will continue to plug away on these issues in 2022.

Christmas will mean different things to different people. For some, it is a time of acute loneliness, for others it’s a reminder of happier times, and for others still it will mean family joy.

I know there is pressure to have a perfect Christmas, but families are all imperfect in some way. The more we can focus on other people, and less on ourselves, the happier we are.

I spend Christmas Day with my family, which I love as I don’t get to see enough of them the rest of the year! This is the first year I’ll be spending it with my new family, having got married over the summer. Hopefully we’ll start some new traditions.

Christmas is ultimately a reminder of one of the most significant events in human history – the birth of Jesus Christ. For me, it means reflecting on the greatest gift of God with family.

I hope you all have a peaceful, restful and enjoyable Christmas.