Merry Christmas to you and your kin

Published 4:13 am Saturday, December 22, 2018

This Christmas message is from Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal:

In the midst of the Christmas season, it is always a blessing to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. For Christians, the season is a celebration as recorded in the New Testament gospels and as foretold by the prophet Isaiah. For others, it is a celebration of joy and thanksgiving. For all, it is a season defined by a spirit of love, light, hope, peace and joyfulness.

Christmas is a time to give and receive. While receiving is always fun, giving is even more fun. Giving brings the giver satisfaction, fulfillment and joy, especially watching children open presents resulting in smiles, laughter, hugs and happiness.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was recorded by Andy Williams in 1963 and repeated by other vocalists throughout the years, including Louisiana’s own Harry Connick Jr., in 2008.

The words of this song speak of the spirit of Christmas as the “happiest season of all.”

It is in the spirit of Christmas that I offer my gratitude to some very special people.

The wonderful staff of your Sheriff’s Office works hard each day to serve the citizens of our parish. Their unselfish devotion pays dividends for all. I am grateful for their sacrifices, knowing that some of them will be working to keep the rest of us safe while we enjoy family and friends on Christmas Day. Thank you, staff, for your service to the citizens of Washington Parish.

I am grateful to the citizens of our parish who support us as we work together to make Washington Parish a great place to live. As your Sheriff, I try always to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. You expect no less and you deserve no less. Thank you for all you do for your Sheriff’s Office.

Following quickly after the Christmas season is our celebration of the beginning of 2019. New Year’s Eve and the days around the holiday are times of celebration, parties and often the consumption of alcohol. I hope all persons who celebrate the holiday with alcohol will do so responsibly. If you do celebrate with alcohol, don’t drink and drive. Always use a designated driver.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to continue serving you in 2019 and the years following.

Randy Seal is the sheriff of Washington Parish.