A compilation of Christmas messages from Florida’s elected officials and politicians.
Senator Marco Rubio:
“I address you at this special time of year known as Christmas that for millions of Americans means the opportunity to be with family and friends, to share gifts and to reflect on the year that has past and have great hope for the year ahead.
“For those of us who share a Christian faith it’s the second holiest day of the year.
“The Christian faith teaches that mankind was irreverently separated from God when Adam and Eve committed the sin in the Garden. And as a result man for thousands of years had no way to reach God than through priests and the temple.
“And then God became a man and came to Earth. He was born on the day we commemorate as Christmas. And as a result of that God became a man in the form of Jesus Christ and came to Earth and died for people’s sins and now man has access to God directly and the hope of eternal life.
“That is what Christmas represents for millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world.
“It is truly is a special time of year. So I want to wish all of you a merry Christmas, to families and friends and to your love ones. Jeanette and I extend our warmest greeting and warmest wishes.
“May God bless all of Americans during this Christmas season And my God always bless the United States of America.”
Governor Rick Scott:
“Ann and I want to wish every Florida family a Merry Christmas. As families come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus, it’s a wonderful time for loved ones to reflect on life’s many blessings.
“While this will be our first Christmas without my mother Esther and Ann’s parents, our entire family is blessed by our one-year old grandson, Auguste, who is expected to take his first steps any day now.
“In Florida, we have many achievements to celebrate this Christmas. More than 200,000 families have found employment since December 2010, our housing market is on the rise, we continue to make Florida the most business-friendly state in the nation, and our crime rate is at a 41 year low.
“This Christmas, Ann and I will pray for a future where our communities are safe, every child has access to a quality education and every family has the opportunity to get a job to support their loved ones. Florida is headed in the right direction and I have no doubt that the future is bright for the Sunshine State in 2013. ”
CFO Jeff Atwater:
“During this time of year, we can get caught up in all the hustle and bustle and forget that being kind to others and giving to those in need is really what this season is all about. Over the next few weeks I encourage you to give back to your community. Volunteer at a local charity or community center or carry out a random act of kindness, as you never know what burdens others may bear.
Kindness is contagious and we should never underestimate the impact of a single act. By reaching out and touching someone’s heart, you may change the course of someone’s day, week, year or even life.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi:
“I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas. The holiday season is a wonderful time to share warm wishes and appreciation with family and friends. May everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday season.
While we gather with our loved ones, I encourage you to keep the victims of the Connecticut shooting and their families in your thoughts and prayers.”
Former Governor Charlie Crist:
“I just want to wish everybody a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday and let’s all remember what we’re celebrating: The birth of Christ and so many blessings we all have to be so thankful for. Thank you. God bless you!”
Congresswoman Lois Frankel:
“The New Year is upon us and it is a great time to catch up with family and friends. I am blessed to say that my family is well and excited about my upcoming entry into Congress. We hope that you and your family are doing fine and we wish you a joyous 2013.”
Congressman Patrick Murphy:
State Representative Janet Adkins:
State Representative Richard Corcoran:
State Representative Mike Fasano:
“We all depend on God for guidance – please listen here to the message of one that has gone before us in faith. And, my hero.”
State Representative Bill Hager:
State Representative Mia Jones:
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn:
Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos:
“Whether you are preparing to celebrate the birth of the Christ child or Kwanzaa or have already celebrated Hanukkah, rejoice and give thanks. May the light of holidays shine in your homes to guide you through the new year and to give you the blessings that come from God above.”