Holiday cookies
Beautifully crafted holiday cookies on a dessert tray (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Read­ers, whether you’re cel­e­brat­ing the Feast of the Nativ­i­ty of the Lord today or just spend­ing some time with your fam­i­ly, please accept our wish­es for a very Mer­ry Christ­mas. Take an oppor­tu­ni­ty to rest, relax, reflect, and have fun — after all, that’s what hol­i­days are for! We hope you have a safe con­clu­sion to 2023.

Christmas message from B.C. Premier David Eby

The office of British Colum­bia Pre­mier David Eby shared the fol­low­ing mes­sage cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­day of the Feast of the Nativity:

Christ­mas is a trea­sured time for fam­i­lies in B.C. and around the world, includ­ing mine. It’s a time to con­nect with fam­i­ly, friends and neigh­bours. A time to enjoy fun tra­di­tions like going to com­mu­ni­ty cel­e­bra­tions, dec­o­rat­ing the tree and exchang­ing presents.

And a time to give back to our communities.

Tonight, my fam­i­ly and I will put out home­made cook­ies for San­ta and a car­rot for Rudolph, and eager­ly await the mag­ic of Christ­mas morning.

Tomor­row, Chris­tians will cel­e­brate the birth of Jesus Christ, while peo­ple of var­i­ous faiths and back­grounds will cel­e­brate the uni­ver­sal mes­sage of Christ­mas: peace, love, joy and hope.

It has been a chal­leng­ing year for many peo­ple in B.C. and around the world. This hol­i­day sea­son, I have been remind­ed that when times are tough, British Columbians step up to sup­port each other.

Kids and adults alike have donat­ed to toy dri­ves, Christ­mas ham­pers and food banks. Busi­ness­es and com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions have put on free fes­tive events that are open to all.

Groups of friends and co-work­ers have spon­sored and served meals at com­mu­ni­ty kitchens. School choirs have sung Christ­mas car­ols at care homes. And many fam­i­lies are open­ing their homes to peo­ple who would have oth­er­wise been alone on Christmas.

These acts of kind­ness, gen­eros­i­ty and togeth­er­ness are, for me, what Christ­mas and British Colum­bia are all about.

From my fam­i­ly to yours, mer­ry Christ­mas and hap­py new year!

Christmas 2023 reads

Peace be with you!

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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