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As we join others around the world in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, I'm delighted to extend heartfelt Christmas greetings to each and every one of you. The holiday season always serves as a time to reflect on what's most important. And the importance of family, loved ones and friends all seem to be magnified this time of year.

As Premier, it's an opportunity to reflect on 2015 and the strides Government has made to ensure a better, more prosperous Bermuda for all. My colleagues and I have continued to dedicate our efforts towards putting the foundations in place to ensure a robust economic recovery, so that all Bermudians can benefit.

And we've made good progress this year: 2015 saw a number Bermudians launch new businesses, which was very exciting to see. A strong, vibrant small business sector is the engine of any country, and we want to make sure Bermudians in this area are supported so that they can succeed.

Also projects such as Hamilton Princess, Ariel Sands and Morgan's Point helped greatly in providing jobs for Bermudians this year.

And of course this year we saw the absolute best of what Bermuda had to offer when we hosted the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series. The event was a huge success on so many levels, and it's proof positive that Bermuda truly works best when we work together.

As we leave this year behind and look ahead, I am excited about the possibilities for our Island. Ultimately, our priority in the year ahead will be you. We'll continue working hard for you; we'll continue supporting and protecting our most vulnerable; we'll continue inspiring our young people to succeed; and we'll continue bringing communities together.

Finally Bermuda, Christmas time is considered the most joyous and holiest time of year. Yet there are those here at home and around the world who for whatever reason aren't able to enjoy this festive time. So as we celebrate this season of giving let's take time to remember the less fortunate.

Let's show our compassion by reaching out and helping those families, single parents and individuals who are desperately struggling — because at this time of year the weight of their challenges are felt that much greater.

On this occasion, let us always be mindful of the meaning of Christmas: it's the story of the birth of a very special baby who brought hope, peace, love and good will to all. For these are the true hallmarks of Christmas.

Bermuda, from my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas, and I wish you all a very happy and safe New Year.

Reflecting on what's important: Michael Dunkley, the Premier, says the importance of family, friends and loved ones is magnified at this time of year (File photograph)

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Published December 24, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 25, 2015 at 7:46 am)

Christmas message: we’ve made progress

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