As we celebrate Christmas, take a moment today to turn away from the distractions that come with social media and technology, and let us turn to those near us and the very real world that we live in. There may be a lonely child who needs comfort, a neighbor who needs to be heard, or someone down the street to whom your kindness gives hope.

One of the greatest gifts we can exchange with each other is love.

As God has blessed us with the gift of salvation, may we share his blessings to as many as we can. While the challenges of our community may be great, the bonds that unite us as Natomas residents is much, much stronger.

Janae, London and I hope your heart is filled with the love and joy of your faith, family, and friends this Christmas. We wish you continued peace, prosperity, and health into the New Year and beyond.

Merry Christmas!