Christmas is a time for families and friends to come together and spend time reflecting on the year which has passed and their hopes and ambitions for the year to come.
2012 was an important year for Scotland as we saw the next chapter of devolution bring new powers to the Scottish Parliament. We also reached an agreement on a referendum which means people in Scotland will soon vote on whether or not to keep our country within the UK.I believe, as most people living here do, that staying together as that family of nations is the best choice.
At this time of year, we also think of those less fortunate than ourselves and those who cannot be with their families at Christmas. It is a time to extend an extra helping hand to them, such as checking on an elderly neighbour or supporting those who are without their loved ones this year. We also appreciate the dedication of our forces and emergency personnel who work around the clock each day of the year to keep us safe and well.
I wish everyone across Scotland a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings