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Governor Hutchinson’s Weekly Address | Joys of the Holidays

Date: 12.21.22

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On behalf of the state of Arkansas, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season. Christmas is my favorite time of year in the Natural State, especially in the halls of the Arkansas State Capitol. During the month of December, student choirs travel from all over the state to sing in the rotunda in the center of the Capitol. Their songs echo to the ceiling and can be heard in all corners of the building. The beauty of their voices reminds me of the verse in Scripture about the angel and the multitude of heavenly hosts filling the sky and praising God at the birth of Jesus. That’s what this season is all about. Despite the shopping, the crowds, and the stress, it is all about the birth in Bethlehem that changed the world. This Christmas is a particularly special one as it marks the end of my final year as Governor. This year I am grateful for the gift of life, my family, and the privilege of a lifetime that has been serving the great state of Arkansas as Governor. Some of the Christmas traditions I have been able to be a part of these past eight years have been especially memorable this year. Last weekend, at the beginning of the Hanukkah season, I had the privilege of lighting the first candle of the Little Rock Chabad Menorah. In 2015, I was the first Arkansas Governor to light the Menorah publicly. It was a humbling experience then, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to join the Central Arkansas Jewish community in celebrating the eight days of Hanukkah each year since then. A couple weeks ago, I once again got to host the “Christmas at the Capitol” event where we collected gifts for children in the foster care system in Arkansas. Those who donated gifts made a small gesture that will make more of an impact than they will ever know. After all, giving is a core part of what Christmas is all about. Arkansans are some of the kindest, most giving people I have ever been around. That is especially evident during the holiday season. One of the best parts of being Governor is getting to meet Arkansans from every corner of the state and from all walks of life. The holiday season often brings out the best in people. I encourage you to extend goodwill toward our fellow man and find a way to serve someone who is less fortunate. Consider giving not only monetary gifts but giving your time. In the words of Mother Teresa, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” I encourage everyone to find a way to celebrate this spirit of giving not only this week but throughout the year. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers how much you appreciate them. Be kind to others – you never know what type of day they are having. You could be a light in their dark season. I hope each of you are able to reflect on your blessings, remember the reason for this season, and find joy in being able to call Arkansas home. CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov) Read More
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Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On behalf of the state of Arkansas, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season. Christmas is my favorite time o...