"This is a sacred time as Christians celebrate the birth of our savior. For my fellow Arizonans, I hope this time is filled with family, friends, faith and holiday cheer. Most of all, I wish you peace.
"To our men and women in uniform whose service will keep them far from home this Christmas: You are in our hearts, and we will continue to pray for your safe return.
"We Arizonans have so many gifts for which to be thankful - and much to anticipate in the new year. Merry Christmas!"