Season to be merry

In just a couple of days, in Barbados and across the world people will be celebrating Christmas. I still can’t believe how quickly time has flown. I can still remember last year what I was doing around this same time.

Around this time of the year I always pray for patience when I have to go to the supermarket or to town or when I am driving. It seems like everyone has a car as the roads are very congested.

I was driving the other night and I recalled how I used to love going around looking at the lights on Independence Day when all the roundabouts used to be lit; to going and visiting Bonnets and the house that used to be lit up around St. Alban’s School. This is now a thing of the past as many roundabouts are either under construction or those responsible for lighting them lack money. Many houses are also not lit up as before. I guess this is a sign of the hard times we are living in.

I always say that Christmas was meant for children. I love to see the expressions on my nieces’ and cousins’ faces when they open their gifts on Christmas morning. Sometimes I wonder if they sleep at all on Christmas Eve due to their anticipation of what they will get. I went into town to look for gifts for my god children and was shocked to see the prices of many of the toys that were on display. How a doll for a child could be $100 is beyond me.

New Year’s Day is also upon us and many of us will have our own personal new year’s resolution which unfortunately most of us never keep. Some may want to lose weight, while others save and the list goes on. I always wondered who came up with this concept and why should we wait until a new year to try to change? What I am looking forward to for the New Year is celebrating 10 years of pageantry with the Miss Big & Beautiful Pageant. That is truly an accomplishment and I honestly cannot wait.

Many will visit some popular night clubs and some may visit St. Lawrence Gap while others Second Street. I never could understand why bars and restaurants become so expensive on this night? What is so special that prices triple? Along with many others I will either go to church or park somewhere where I can see the fireworks which will be on display.

This is a season to be merry, over eat and over spend – it’s just our tradition, so enjoy it. Always remember to enjoy every moment you have on this earth as you never know when it will come to end. Take some time this season to visit friends and family that you haven’t seen in a while.

I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2013!!

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