In the UK's Radio 4 Thought for the Day program on Christmas Eve, Pope Benedict made an appearance to address the people of England, Scotland, and Wales. Click here for video.
One message of Christmas hope for us all is when he pointed out that God is the source of our joy when he said:
"Let us give thanks to God for his goodness to us, and let us joyfully proclaim to those around us the good news that God offers us freedom from whatever weighs us down; he gives us hope, he brings us life."
And encourages our trust in Him when he reminded us:
"God is always faithful to his promises but He often surprises us in the way He fulfills them."