Christmas is a time for families being together, the joy and wonder in the eyes of children and a time for sharing. For many though, it is also a time of reflection and missing those loved ones who have passed on, with some people having their first Christmas without a loved one. Having two sons, one who died on Christmas Eve and another on Christmas Day, I certainly know how Christmas can bring sweet joy and deep sadness. I also know that there have been many losses in our communities this year, including in December, and it’s important that we all are aware and supportive of those we care about who might be having a tough Christmas this year. So watch their back and keep an eye on them during the festive season. We also know that there can be family conflict at this time of the year. Sadly this includes occurrences of family violence and our communities have a responsibility in keeping each other safe from becoming victims during the festive season. The only time to look down on people is to give them a hand up. Enjoy your time with loved ones. They’re called loved ones for good reason and Christmas is the time to enjoy one another. Happy Christmas to all from Regional Alliance West and with the heat that’s expected, do make sure that you consume plenty of water and stay hydrated.