Leaders' Christmas messages

First Minister Carwyn Jones and the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan have been offering their Christmas wishes to the people of Wales and reflecting on 2012.

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Carwyn Jones remembers a “remarkable and memorable" 2012

Carwyn Jones
The First Minister, Carwyn Jones has described 2012 as "remarkable and memorable" Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Welsh rugby team celebrating Grand Slam
After lifting the Grand Slam trophy in the Six Nations the players were given a special ceremony at the senedd Credit: David Davies/ PA Wire

In his Christmas message the First Minister, Carwyn Jones has described 2012 as being a "remarkable and memorable" year.

The First Minister focuses on the sporting success of the nation saying "it was a moment of great pride when I was able to formally present the squad with the Six Nations trophy in front of the Senedd."

He also goes on to pay tribute to the Welsh Olympic and Paralympic athletes who as part of team GB secured 65 medals .

The First Minister says "our great year of sport continued with the Olympics and Paralympics. Our Welsh competitors were inspirational and their successes lifted the entire nation.

Pink ribbon on tree, Machynlleth
Following the disappearance of April Jones pink ribbons were tied around the town Credit: ITV News Wales

On a more somber note Carwyn Jones pays tribute to the community of Machynlleth in the wake of the disappearnace of 5 year-old April Jones saying "this sense of solidarity in adversity is part of being Welsh, something perhaps we take for granted, but something which we will forever cherish."

His message also gives thanks to our Armed forces:

“This is also a time to remember those in the armed forces, many serving overseas. They serve to defend us and that is why we have introduced a package of support for our Armed Forces community to show we appreciate what they do.

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Archbishop's Christmas message

Dr Barry Morgan
Archbishop of Wales issues Christmas message Credit: Barry Batchelor - PA Archive

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan has issued a Christmas message to the people of Wales.

In it, he encourages adults to 'regain a child’s sense of wonder' of the world in which we live.

The Archbishop, will preach at Llandaff Cathedral this evening and on Christmas Day.