Editor’s Note: This was originally published at Christmas 2007 in the Compass.
Happy Christmas Eve.
Tonight and tomorrow many of us will gather with family and friends to reflect on the year past and what lies ahead.
We’ll share feasts of fare and exchange gifts.
The lead up to this holiday has been filled with excitement and anticipation as we’ve marvelled at the Christmas lights and decorations that started going up on the Islands shortly after the end of October.
And through all the glitz and glitter that has become synonymous with Christmas some would say the true meaning of the day has been lost.
Maybe we’re naïve, but we don’t think so.
The true meaning of Christmas can be found in the simplest of actions and words this time of year.
It’s exemplified when people open their homes and offer a Christmas feast to those who would otherwise spend Christmas alone.
The Christmas spirit comes alive when people open their wallets and pocketbooks to donate to charities that make sure no child goes without a toy and that no family goes without a Christmas meal.
An unexpected present from an unexpected giver shows that spirit as does the wishing of a Merry Christmas from a stranger in the checkout line or on the sidewalk.
The Christmas spirit is very much alive when families and friends take an hour or two out of their hectic Christmas mornings to join in fellowship and praise.
It’s there when we quietly meditate and when we open Christmas cards and smile as we read personal notes.
And the best place to find the Christmas spirit is in each other.
We all hold the Christmas spirit in our hearts, we just have to release it and share it with others.
Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ and many will spend this holiday reflecting on the best present of all – Christ.
He is the reason for this season.
It is our Christmas wish that everyone in the Cayman Islands has a safe and happy Christmas.
The Caymanian Compass and the entire Cayman Free press family wish all our readers, advertisers, subscribers and suppliers the very best this Christmas season.