Today’s Editorial December 21: Shoppers get on the mark

Shoppers start your engines.

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and those who haven’t braved large crowds and stores filled with brand new goods have only a few more days to shop.

Many of the shops will stay open late through Saturday to accommodate shoppers of all walks.

While there will be many cruise ship tourists on Grand Cayman today and tomorrow, there will be fewer passengers Friday and none on Christmas Eve.

Shop owners are to be commended for keeping their doors open late so those of us who live here or are visiting long term can avoid the crush of visitors downtown to do our shopping.

And shoppers who decided to keep their dollars in the Cayman Islands are also to be commended.

The good news is that retailers are reporting that Christmas sales are brisk and better than last year.

Many of us were still struck with awe at the power of Hurricane Ivan last Christmas and the Christmas spirit was, at times, hard to find.

Most were just thankful to be able to celebrate Christmas.

This year the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season has certainly returned to the Cayman Islands.

We hope that amidst that hustle and bustle everyone remembers the true meaning of Christmas.

We also hope that Caymanians who made it a habit of backing sand to their yards for the annual holiday won’t let the tradition go by the wayside.

There is nothing quite as special as a true Caymanian house decked out in true Caymanian Christmas glory with gleaming sand and shiny pink conch shells.

If anyone knows of a family fixing up their home in true Caymanian tradition, we’d like to hear from you. Email the Editor at [email protected] or give her a call at 949-5111.