Editorial

Christmas should bring us together

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Posted  Tuesday, December 24  2013 at  02:00

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The spirit of togetherness, camaraderie, neighbourliness, unity and general goodwill are at an all-time high around Christmas

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Christmas is here and, it is about time! We all need a little festivity to get us away from the grind and strife of daily life. From the Bills that have been passed and whose rights have been trampled upon, from who is plotting against whom in the political world to what amount has been misappropriated, from mayors who were impeached, and court orders that were served and ignored, we could definitely use a breather!

The birth of Jesus or at least the celebrations commemorating it is one of the best things to happen to this country each year. There are no dissenting voices on this one. We are in agreement on how to approach it, which is basically to enjoy and celebrate. The spirit of togetherness, camaraderie, neighbourliness, unity and general goodwill are at an all-time high around Christmas.

If this season and the way people conduct themselves teaches us anything, it is that if people put their mind to it, they can actually get by with each other regardless of political affiliations, or creed or faith. It is hoped we remember this next time something threatens to divide us sooner or later.

Even though several of the religious leaders have said this, we will say this again; let us enjoy this to the fullest, but let us remember to include those who are less fortunate than us. They are not only in children’s homes and out in the street by the way, you may be surprised to find some are right next to you – those whose year was a year of loss, who have little to celebrate and even less to celebrate with. Let us spread the spirit as they say.

It is also important that as we celebrate, we place safety above all else. Do not drink and drive; the danger is bigger than being spotted by the traffic police. Let us change the Christmas accident legacy this year by being a little more careful.

Lastly, but definitely not the least, let us also be vigilant. Terrorism is still a threat and those with ill intentions will not throw caution to the wind. Being extra careful would not hurt us. Merry Christmas!