Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Brack­nell

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

POS­SI­BLY due to its pre-Chris­tian roots, Christ­mas some­how tran­scends religion. Be­ing for all a cel­e­bra­tion of the turn­ing point where the ever-dark­en­ing days came to an end and peo­ple look for­ward to the new sea­sons to come.

That said, the Chris­tian story, of a baby born to bring peace to the world, is per­haps the most pow­er­ful nar­ra­tive ever cre­ated. It surely gains its power from the fact that, as ev­ery par­ent knows, it is the truth.

Last June my wife gave me a won­der­ful baby daugh­ter. The re­ac­tion she brings from peo­ple, those known to us and strangers, is both heart-warm­ing and re­mark­able. Po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, with whom I may hardly ever have spo­ken, will stop to see her, and talk – some rem­i­nisc­ing over the times when their own chil­dren were her age.

That is the power of a baby.

It is also why Christ­mas re­ally is for chil­dren. They share none of our prej­u­dices, but they bring us to­gether in a shared hope for a bet­ter fu­ture.

So, to ev­ery res­i­dent of Wok­ing­ham, whether young or old, of what­ever faith or none, I wish a happy, rest­ful and, most of all, peace­ful Christ­mas.

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