The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has used his Christmas message to tell voters to "just enjoy being around the people you love", regardless of their religion or how they celebrate the festive season.
He revealed: "I think my three boys alone could have clogged up Santa's mailbox."
– Extract from David Cameron's Christmas message
2012 has been an extraordinary year for our country. We cheered our Queen to the rafters with the Jubilee, showed the world what we're made of by staging the most spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games ever and - let's not forget - punched way above our weight in the medals table.
Overall, David Cameron has chosen a religious tone for his Christmas message this year, saying the festive season gives many people the opportunity to pause and reflect: The Prime Minister added:
"Christmas also gives us the opportunity to remember the Christmas story - the story about the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that he brings to the countless millions who follow him.
"The Gospel of John tells us that in this man was life, and that his life was the light of all mankind, and that he came with grace, truth and love. Indeed, God's word reminds us that Jesus was the Prince of Peace.
"With that in mind, I would like to pay particular tribute to our brave service men and women who are overseas helping bring safety and security to all of us at home."
The Prime Minister has urged the country to remember the Armed Forces and emergency services in his Christmas message. David Cameron said he would pray for everyone to have a happy and peaceful time "however you celebrate this time of year".