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What does Christmas mean to you?

You have told us that Christmas means more than presents Credit: PA

Many of you have been getting in touch to share what Christmas means to you.

For some the religious significance is the important thing, while for others it's the food, the family or the day off work. Many of you are reflecting on what's important to you.

Here is a selection of your thoughts.

This year is about me thanking a special person for donating their liver, and to their family who must miss her very much, I'm so grateful.

– Tracy Naughton, Yeovil

Christmas to me means a lot, it celebrates the birth of Lord Jesus. Christmas is also the time of year to spend time with friends and family. Christmas is superb.

– Stephen Snell, Padstow, Cornwall

To me it doesn't mean presents or breaking the bank. To me it means spending time with your family, watching Christmassy things on the telly, playing board games, eating food and drinking wine.

There are so many people that say "Christmas is expensive". It's only expensive if you make it expensive.

– Cherri-Rose Elliott, Penzance, Cornwall

I'm not religious and to me it's just another extra Sunday roast.

Spending this Xmas on my own in Budapest as my partner is working in England for a year, but I still have my friends for company.

Happy Xmas.

– Marcus Miller, former Bath resident

A long overdue rest.

– Graham Gravy Burt, Falmouth, Cornwall
For many of you, Christmas is all about family Credit: PA

Frost is forecast for Christmas Day

The weather will be colder and brighter over Christmas but then unsettled into the weekend Credit: ITV News

The Met Office has issued the following forecast for this evening into Christmas Day:

It will be dry with clear spells through the evening and night. Winds will ease, which with clear skies will allow a patchy frost to form. Minimum temperature 3C (37F).

There will be a chilly to start on Christmas Day, but staying fine, dry and cold. There will be plenty of sunshine throughout, and clear spells during the evening will lead to a widespread frost. Maximum temperature 9C (48F).

It will be cold and dry at first on Boxing Day, then turning cloudy, wet and windy later.

Heavy rain and gales are possible possible overnight and through Saturday. On Sunday it will be drier and colder.


Teddy and other charity raffle prizes recovered

A teddy stolen in Weymouth gets pride of place in a Dorset Police van Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Dorset have recovered prizes intended for a Christmas raffle in memory of a woman from Weymouth who died from cancer. They have been returned in time for today's raffle, which is raising money for a local hospice and a children's bereavement charity.

The items - which included a giant teddy - were stolen from the garden centre where Lyn Weaver used to work. They were taken on 10 December and police released CCTV of the theft.

The theft of the raffle items from Goulds Garden Centre in Weymouth was caught on CCTV Credit: Dorset Police

A 26-year-old man from Wimborne was arrested yesterday (Tuesday 23 December) on suspicion of theft. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

PC Nick Gravenor from Weymouth police hands over the giant teddy bear to Penny Corp-Palmer from Goulds Garden Centre, ready to be raffled off. Credit: Dorset Police

Thieve steal Christmas parcels outside Weymouth post office

The post office on Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A bag containing special delivery parcels has been stolen from a post van in Weymouth. The police say it had been parked near the post office on Abbotsbury Road last Wednesday evening.

Thieves were able to reach into the van and take the bag. It contained seven items that had just been collected from post offices. The public are being asked to look out for them.

Rail passengers warned of Christmas disruption

There will be no trains on Christmas Day Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

Rail passengers in the South West have been warned to expect disruption over the holiday period due to engineering works. There will be restricted services in and out of Paddington station with the last train leaving London at 9.30pm tonight. First Great Western says there will be no trains running on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


West Country milk producers face price cut

Farmers face a cut of more than 2p a litre for their milk Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The region's dairy farmers face yet another cut in milk prices. There have already been protests that they are getting less for their milk than it costs to produce.

Now Arla has announced that it is reducing prices by just over 2p a litre on January 1st. 3,000 farmers, including many in the south west, supply milk to the Danish co-operative.

Millions to be poured into potholes

Tackling potholes in Devon Credit: ITV News

£847m will be spent repairing the South West's local roads and their potholes over the next six years.

That's according to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who is making the announcement today. The money would be enough to mend 2.7m potholes across the region.

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