Tomorrow will find bleary-eyed parents awakened at the crack of dawn by eager tots, filled with anticipation of what Santa put under the Christmas tree.
Serene scenes of brightly lit trees, neatly wrapped and stacked gifts will, in a matter of a few magical minutes, become wrapping paper war zones as packages are torn open and the booty extracted.
In a twinkling of an eye Christmas will have officially begun.
No, Cayman doesn’t have the snow from up north and the wind chill isn’t expected to get much lower than 72 degree Fahrenheit.
But the Cayman Islands has so much more to offer than icy temperatures, forests of Christmas trees and families travelling over the river and through the woods.
The Cayman Islands are blessed beyond measure.
Christmas allows us the opportunity to take stock of all those blessings throughout the past year.
Many are still facing hardships following the passage of Hurricane Ivan. But blessings can be found in disasters and hardships. Just take a look around.
On a whole, lives were spared in Hurricane Ivan. Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones
Babies are still being born, lovers still woo, mothers and fathers still get to hold their children tight and tell them they love them. In many instances old, hard feelings from long-forgotten wrongs have melted away and old friendships rekindled.
Tomorrow those going to church are sure to be blessed in the message and the lifting of songs in voice to heaven. All will be reminded of the greatest gift of all and the reason for Christmas – God’s son.
Traditions will continue, whether gathering over Christmas beef or pork for dinner or spending time with family by the seaside telling stories of old.
In the light of Ivan some new traditions will more than likely be started this Christmas.
It is the wish of the management and staff of Cayman Free Press that everyone – resident and visitors – take a moment tomorrow and count the many blessings that have been bestowed.
Enjoy family and friends. And above all, have a very, Merry Christmas.