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Blaine's Bulletin: Christmas 2020

As we begin celebrating Christmas, I always like to reflect on the year behind us. In many ways 2020 was a year worth forgetting, but through it all we have seen extraordinary displays of generosity of spirit, sacrifice, kindness and grace. Communities rallied around their local businesses to help save their hometown favorites from having to close their doors and lay off workers. Teachers adapted to an entirely new way of teaching and went above and beyond to make sure each and every student had what they needed and didn’t fall behind. And the American medical community of doctors, nurses, first responders, hospital staff, scientists and vaccine trial volunteers did everything in their power to get our nation healthy in record time. America is truly the greatest country in the world, and the past year is a perfect example of how we rally around one other, especially when times get tough.

The Christmas season is one of hope, something this country needs a little extra dose of this year. Despite the frustrations and disappointments we have experienced, we do have plenty of reasons to be hopeful. Missouri is coming back fast, and vaccines have begun safeguarding our frontline medical workers and most vulnerable population. Small businesses are eligible for another round of PPP aid which means more families will be able to provide for their loved ones, and everyday we’re one step closer to every teacher and student returning to the classroom without fear.  

This is also the season of giving, and while it’s often easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gifts, material presents seem a bit less important this year. With unemployment still too high and food banks not receiving their usual donations, giving to your favorite charity will likely be the most important gift you can give this year. While Jackie and I may be guilty of focusing a little too much on our grandchildren, our family also focuses on the teachings of Jesus and practice his lessons of giving to those in need. 

This Christmas will likely look a little different for some of us without the usual parties, parades, visits with Santa Claus or big festive church services. But following a year like we’ve had, I think this could be the perfect time to spend time with family, count our blessings, and look forward to next year. Thanks to the genius of our medical community and the courage of our workers, life as we know it should be returning to normal soon. This Christmas is a great opportunity to hold loved ones dear and remember what we’re thankful for. This year I am especially thankful for family, health and the ability to continue serving you in Congress. On behalf of my family, I wish you a safe, happy, healthy and Merry Christmas!