I Wish All Utahns a Joyful Holiday


by Governor Gary R. Herbert

This is one of my favorite times of year. The music, the lights, the food—all evoke
sentimental feelings and treasured memories. Perhaps most of all, it is a wonderful
season for perspective.

To paraphrase the sage and beloved Dr. Seuss, the holiday season is not ultimately
about presents, ribbons, and tags; it is not about packages, boxes, or bags. The holiday
season is about family and friends, gathering together to celebrate the traditions that
define us and strengthen the bonds that unite us. Most importantly, it is a time to extend
ourselves to others, especially those who are in need, those who may be forgotten, or
those who find themselves alone during this time of gathering.

Whatever one’s religious or cultural beliefs, my prayer for all Utahns and our nation is
that we reach out to those who need our friendship and love, that we extend a kind hand
and lift up one another. May we all reflect on those things which are truly important and
be grateful for the abundance we enjoy. To again borrow from Dr. Seuss, may our hearts
grow ‘three sizes.’

On behalf my wife, Jeanette, and the entire Herbert family, I extend my warmest wishes
to all Utahns for a Merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year.