The following Christmas message is from Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner:

“As we gather to celebrate the holidays, I hope we’ll take a moment to thank those amongst us who give so much to our country, to celebrate the blessings of the past year, and look forward to the year ahead.

Thank you to the service members, men and women across the country and around the globe, who won’t be home for Christmas, but will be standing on the front lines for our freedom,” said Senator Gardner.

“Surrounded by friends and family, I hope we’ll all have a chance to cherish our beloved moments and our favorite memories.

Whether it’s the Gardner family opening the stockings on Christmas morning or celebrating with the family on Christmas Eve, each and every one of us has a special moment that we look forward to every year.

Enjoy the holidays, this special time of the year, and from all of us in the Gardner family to all of you – Merry Christmas, God bless Colorado and this great United States of America.”