The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman signalled the start of the holiday season on Monday, 5 December, with its 46th annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Heroes Square in George Town.
The lighting of the tree, always a special occasion, was special as Governor Duncan Taylor’s wife, Marie, flipped the switch.
The Rotary Christmas Tree is a popular local attraction, and goes along well with the holiday music sung by choirs throughout the square.
The governor’s Christmas address wished for everyone a wonderful holiday season.
Mr. Taylor said it has been a challenging year for much of the world and the Cayman Islands was no exception.
“We have to live within our means despite the many challenges,” he said.
Mr. Taylor also made mention of the challenges of crime in the Cayman Islands as well as other issues impacting the territory. The governor applauded volunteers as Cayman marked International Day of the volunteer with others around the world.
“For such a small island it is extraordinary to have such a large and fantastic volunteering service,” he said.
Mr. Taylor said he knew it was coming up to Christmas and it was a time we think about gifts; he said to not let the unpleasantness of the difficult economic times dampen our Christmas spirit. He made mention of John Lewis YouTube video of the little boy who waited all December to give his parents a gift rather than to see what was under the Christmas tree for him. He reminded the large crowd there can be just as much joy in giving as receiving.
Rotary President Eric Bush said this is a special time of year for family, friends and traditions celebrating this time of year and thanked others for their assistance with making the night so special.
During the ceremony, attendees heard presentations from the University College of the Cayman Islands choir, Gary Ebanks and Friends, The La Pierre Family and Bridget Michels.