2004 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
by Chief Minister Dr. the
Honourable D. Orlando Smith
on Saturday, 25 December, 2004)
and Gentlemen, I bring you joyous greetings today at Christmas, and wish you the
very best during this special season.
Christmas is always a time
for reflection and for giving thanks. It is also a great time for family
gatherings, gift giving and expressing our love for others. In the retelling of
the birth of our Lord, we are reminded of our Creator’s love for all humankind
and of the power of salvation through him.
In the same spirit, we must
also remember all those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Here in our
beautiful and relatively peaceful islands, we must keep in our thoughts and
prayers all those throughout the world who suffer with poverty, disease and war.
Take the time today to share
the Christmas joy through a telephone call, or a visit. There are many people
among us who do not have extended families so reach out to them today. Do not
allow our busy lifestyles to erase the true meaning of Christmas. Do not allow
our busy lifestyles to make us forget our Christmas traditions of caroling,
going to church and family gatherings.
It is important that we keep
our traditions alive by storytelling at our family gatherings, or even writing
down these traditions, so that our culture and customs are preserved for
generations to come.
At this Christmas time, we
remember all our brothers and sisters throughout the Caribbean who endured the
pain and devastation of hurricanes. And we offer our eternal thanks to God who
spared our islands and protected the BVI for yet another year.
There is no better way to
express our thanks to God for the gift of his Son, than to offer our assistance
to those in need. Whether it is a contribution made here in our own Territory,
for those among us in need of a helping hand, or to those in need abroad, during
this season of celebration and joy, giving of our time and ourselves should be
For this year, as in years
past, we have much for which to be thankful: This year tourism has continued to
grow and thrive, our financial services industry has remained strong, and more
businesses have opened. As a result, our people are today presented with
opportunities to realize their potential and raise the quality of their lives.
Especially during this
yuletide season, we are reminded of the enduring strength of our bond. As our
family members return home or friends visit the BVI, when we walk down our
streets, we see familiar faces with whom we have shared our lives and we
remember our connection.
And when we extend a hand to
help another, and when a hand is extended to us in our own times of need, we
remember that being a part of the BVI means being part of an extended family
that is as loving and caring as those with whom we share common blood.
As we get ready to say
goodbye to 2004 and welcome 2005, we must all work together to raise our
children the right way, to make sure they are getting the education they need,
to make sure they are learning proper values, to make sure they are safe from
We must come together to
keep our streets and our neighbourhoods crime-free.
We must pool our strengths
to deal with difficult issues like growing our economy, and most of all must
strive to be law-abiding citizens and residents.
In all these endeavours we
will be strongest when we stand united.
As families, let us come
together to celebrate this Christmas, and as families, let us look ahead with
optimism and hope to a bright new year.
My Government, my wife
Lorna, and my entire family join me in wishing all of you a safe and joyous
Merry Christmas to all of
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