In our Christmas message last year we described 2016 as a year of change. The vote to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump and conflicts around the world changed the course history. We predicted that 2017 would be the year of challenge.
With the number of people seeking the support of foodbanks rising, inequality between the richest and poorest in society continuing to widen, and relationships across the world looking increasingly strained, it's safe to say this year has been a challenging time for many, but we question whether things really have changed that much.
Such challenges regrettably look set to continue into the New Year, and we promise to do all we can to put the interests of Carmarthenshire residents first at all times. But rather than predicting the events of next year, let us all define and shape the type of year we want 2018 to be.
For now, however, we look forward to enjoying the festive season with our friends and family, and do so with humility and gratitude, acknowledging that too many cannot have that same experience. We renew our pledge to work tirelessly to eradicate poverty in our society so that many more can look forward to next Christmas.
From our families to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.