Today’s Editorial December 18: Christmas almost here

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Everywhere you go.

And it’s not just the fresh winds we’ve had of late. It’s a general attitude that seems to be in all of us.

People seem a little bit nicer (especially when they’re out of traffic) and it appears buyers are supporting the local economy.

A few of the smaller stores have already taken down their Christmas displays because they’re out of decorations and trees to sell.

It’s good to see all of the colourful lights adorning small and large homes alike throughout the Cayman Islands.

There also seems to be more attendance at community Christmas functions with lots of smiles, hugging and general well-being.

It’s as though we’ve finally shaken off the shock and despair of two years ago when Christmas was pretty much an afterthought as we all tried to repair our homes and businesses after Hurricane Ivan.

Thank God that’s mostly behind us now.

And we can also thank God for an extremely calm hurricane season this year.

All of us have so much to be thankful for this time at Christmas. And make no mistake, it is Christmas, not a just a Happy Holiday.

Christmas is a universal festival of the human heart.

Christmas is a time when just about everyone the world over truly considers peace and love toward each other.

There is still a sweet and childlike innocence that lives in all of us, from that grumpy and gruff old neighbour down the road to that sweet church lady.

You’d be lying to yourself if you didn’t admit the excitement you still get of wondering just what exactly are in those boxes under the Christmas tree.

Christmas is a time of when heavenly forces inspire us to shift our focus away from fear and toward joy and healing.

There are many of us in our Cayman community who will face this year with the sadness of having lost a loved one.

The first Christmas without someone close is difficult at best.

If you know of someone who is grieving this season, please go out of your way to offer him or her love, comfort and, if you can, joy.

The best gift you can give anyone, as well as yourself this time of year, is to bring light and love into the world and celebrate in service to Him.

Sure there’s a lot of hustle and bustle going on this week, especially in George Town.

It’s the last week before Christmas and people will be out frantically finding that final, perfect Christmas gift, or clearing the shelves of supermarkets to get ingredients for that oh-so-perfect Christmas dinner.

Please don’t forget in all the hustle and bustle what the Christmas season is all about.

Carry the Christmas spirit in your heart as you battle traffic, long lines at checkout and the occasional clout that seems to have lost his grip on the meaning of Christmas in the madness of it all. Say a special prayer.

If you don’t quite have the spirit of Christmas in you, take a drive through your neighbourhood tonight and look at all the pretty Christmas lights.

Go to a district Christmas celebration and experience the hope and joy as you watch young school children recite Bible verses and sing carols and hymns.

There’s so much going on in our country to celebrate Christmas.

Enjoy this week leading up to one of our favourite holidays.

Be patient.

Be kind.

By happy.

It is, indeed, beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas.