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.
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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