As a child, things seemed so much simpler as we all wished one another “Merry Christmas”. But today when we have so many more ways of communicating, finding the right words is often more difficult.
At secondary school in Grenada, we were encouraged to say “Happy Christmas”, since the liquid spirit of Christmas would often bring a “merry” mood, but not a truly “happy” one. Now we hear Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, and Merry Xmas, to name just a few.
“I think as you grow older, your Christmas list gets smaller and the things you really want for the holidays can’t be bought.”
My dear cousin shared this recently, and it speaks a truth which I am sure resonates with many of us. Even more so this Christmas Day, on hearing the news of catastrophic weather and some fatalities in neighbouring St Vincent & The Grenadines, St Lucia, and Dominica. Our thoughts and prayers are with them — and I trust that our neighbours’ sincere calls for tangible assistance will be met.
Regardless of our beliefs or the words that we use, may we all reflect and be thankful for the blessings and gifts which we all have — and share as we uplift ourselves, our families, loved ones, colleagues, communities, nations, and all humankind, today and always.
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