I'll be out of country for Christmas so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all you, and that includes my pal Alvin, a Merry Christmas.
While you celebrate this special time of the year keep in mind the many thousands of American service members who work around the clock, in all types of weather to insure we can celebrate. Each and every one of them came from communities just like yours, they are the very best our nation has and they serve accordingly.
Keep in mind the family members of the six Americans killed in Afghanistan this week whose family members will forever in future never celebrate a Christmas in the manner in which they used to. Their sons, and parents, whose lives have been crushed.
Their seat at the table can never be filled - and they did it for us.
Cherish these days with your family and remember why we celebrate December 25th.
Merry Christmas to all.