This is undoubtedly one of my favourite times of the year, as after a long year we have the opportunity to put our feet up and spend time with the ones we love the most. But recent events in Hawick require us to take stock and we will all be thinking of those whose homes and businesses have been affected by flooding.
I have no doubt that spirits will remain high in these households and the rising waters of the Teviot won’t be allowed to spoil Christmas, but 2015 has been a difficult year for many in Hawick.
This has been another eventful year with a general election, another really successful common-riding and festival season and Borderers doing so well representing Scotland at the Rugby World Cup.
For those who are employed in our emergency services this will not be a quiet period, as they continue to work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. I want to thank them for all of their continuing work. Nurses, doctors, police officers and others who work over the festive period are too often overlooked.
We should also spare a thought for the brave men and women in our armed forces. As they fight to provide us with safety we should not forget the great sacrifices that they are making for us. 2015 has seen its share of international conflict and we all wish for a more peaceful and stable time.
I would like to wish everyone in Hawick an enjoyable holiday period and a very merry Christmas.
John Lamont MSP