Christmas is finally here, and in keeping up with tradition, the Prime Minister is wishing a happy holiday to Canadians. Justin Trudeau's Christmas message this year highlights everything that makes spending the holidays in Canada so special. He also spoke about how the holiday brings out the best in Canadians.

Being a Catholic himself, Trudeau opened his statement with a religious message, saying that he and his family were joining Christians “across the country and around the world to celebrate the birth of Christ.”

From there, Trudeau talked about traditional images and activities associated with Christmas, including “sharing a meal with friends, keeping the kids entertained in the snow,” and “spending time gathered around the Christmas tree.” He added that the season is full of “joy, light, and love.”

Trudeau also took the opportunity to speak about what exemplifies the Canadian Christmas spirit. In his own words, Christmas in Canada is all about “giving and giving back.”

“Rain, shine, or snow, as Canadians, we take care of each other,” Trudeau said. “From helping a neighbour shovel their driveway to serving a hot meal to someone in need, lending a hand is what brings us closer to the people around us.”

Trudeau also took a moment in his Christmas message to send a greeting and thanks to members of the Canadian Armed Forces, saying “Thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe and defend the values we hold dear.”

The message concluded with the Prime Minister asking Canadians to reflect on how they can continue to keep the Christmas spirit alive and well all year long. Finally, he wished everyone a Merry Christmas from his family, including “Hadrien, Ella-Grace, Xavier, [and] Sophie.”

It's clear from Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau's Instagram feed that every year, Justin Trudeau gets into the Christmas spirit. That includes decorating a huge Christmas tree with his kids.

According to Trudeau's official itinerary, the Prime Minister is still vacationing in Costa Rica on Christmas Eve. Trudeau faced some backlash on Twitter for flying to Costa Rica while simultaneously advocating for climate change initiatives.

Trudeau and his family arrived in Costa Rica on December 20, one week after the House Of Commons had its last sitting of the year.


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