Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell
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.