"Merry Christmas! Today I join Christians across the city and world in marking the birth of Jesus Christ, may peace be unto his name.
"His story of humble birth in challenging times, his teachings of justice, of standing with the oppressed and against the oppressor, are as resonant today as they were thousands of years ago. It has sustained and inspired across millennia, and I have learned from his model of revolutionary agitation for transformational change.
"Christmas is a moment of joy and peace as we celebrate time-honored traditions and enjoy the company of our family and friends. Amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases, I want to caution New Yorkers to celebrate safely, adapting traditions where necessary but carrying the same spirit of love and kindness. No matter where and how we are celebrating, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season."