Editorial for 13 November: Christmas already is here

It’s beginning to look a lot like

And our American friends haven’t even
carved their Thanksgiving turkey.

We thank our retailers for getting
Christmas items into the stores so quickly, but we hope everyone remembers what
the upcoming Christmas season is about.

While it’s better to give than to receive,
remember that giving doesn’t always involve making a purchase.

The best kind of giving comes from the
heart and can be done in the way of a friendly smile to someone you don’t know
or going out of your way to perform some sort of kindness for another person.

Give more of your own loving presence and
less of the token presents this year.

There is pleasure in enjoying material
gifts, but what is remembered is the presence of the loving soul giving love
generously and unconditionally to another.

As Christmas approaches we hope that
negative rhetoric gets toned down and mean spiritedness disappears.

Set aside family issues and quarrels; call
a truce.

It is our wish that everyone would adopt
the true spirit of Christmas in the run up to the big holiday.

That spirit involves a personal feeling of
gratitude for all we have been blessed with in the Cayman Islands.

If you can’t seem to get a handle on the true
spirit of Christmas, there are some things you can do.

This Christmas season make the emphasis
less about the presents and more about spending time with the people that you

There are many organisations that can use
helping hands during the busy holiday season. Donate your time.

Take gifts or snacks and visit the less

Take flowers to an elderly person or make
Christmas cards for children.

Gather a group of friends together and go
Christmas carolling at a nursing home.

There is much we can do to bring the spirit
of Christmas to the Cayman Islands besides blowing our budgets on the glittery
trappings of Christmas.

But it has to start with each of us.



  1. Today’s editorial speaks to and for many of us. Christmas is a joyous season indeed. And it presents us with many opportunities to reach out and be involved in activities that can benefit others.

    We should embrace this glorious season with a heartfelt commitment to render help to those in need and also visit those who are lonely, homebound or those confined to a nursing facility. Spending time with these individuals will bring so much cheer and joy to them.

    The physical presence and conversations definitely go a long way and can be more rewarding than an actual Christmas gift. Gifts are fine, but they cannot replace the joy of kind words, laughter, and encouragement.

    Over the years, Christmas has become very commercial – buying and selling. We know that this helps the economy, but there’s so much more that we lose sight of. For example, many times the present is given without the actual presence of the giver, that is, it is either sent or quickly handed over. Or, we want to fulfill our obligation by giving a gift only because we received a gift.

    Many gifts will either be used, put aside or eventually thrown out. Other gifts are not what the recipient wanted. But the joy, cheer, love, happiness, and concern that we exhibit to each other at Christmas will have a higher lasting value than many gifts.

    I wish everyone a safe and joyous Christmas when it comes. Jesus is the ‘reason for the season.’

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