Prime Minister’s Christmas Message

Fellow Barbadians,

It is that time of the year again when men, women and children across the world pause  to focus on God’s gift to the world of his son, Jesus Christ, two thousand years ago. Christmas 2016 in Barbados comes hard on the heels of our year-long expression of thanksgiving to God for his gift to us of fifty fruitful years of nationhood.

The theme of giving has been at the heart of the Christmas story from its very beginning.  God gave his only son so that fallen man might be redeemed.  On the occasion of the birth of that son, wise men came from the East to visit Him and to bring Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

It is wholly appropriate, therefore, that at Christmas time, we all follow the examples of the first Christmas and give generously to those who may be less fortunate than we are, or to those who are in need.  In so doing, we keep alight that unique flame kindled at Bethlehem during the days of Herod the King.

The challenge which has always faced us, is how, throughout the year, we can make the spirit of giving a part of our lives from day to day.  We may not have material gifts that we can share with others, but each of us has something that he or she can give to create in Barbados a more congenial environment in which residents and visitors alike can live, can work, can enjoy recreation or can do business.

Let us at this Christmas time resolve to concentrate less on what we can take or on what we can receive, and concentrate more on what we can give.

In the past, I have beckoned key stakeholders in our national development to assume, wholeheartedly, the responsibility of both giving and giving back to the society whose hospitable embrace they continue to enjoy.  I do so again in this our Jubilee Year.

As parents, we can give a little more time to the welfare of our children who live in a world beset today by so many perils, by so many traps, by so many snares.  In so doing, we will contribute greatly to securing their future and strengthening the foundations on which our national life rests. As workers, we can give more at our places of work by being more punctual, by giving a

As workers, we can give more at our places of work by being more punctual, by giving a full day’s work, and by being willing when required by the employer, to give a little extra in the interest of the success of the office or business place. As employers, we can give more time to improving the general well-being of our workers; to bestowing on them the gift of appreciation whenever and wherever possible; and to building a better understanding on the part of the worker of each particular function or task.

As employers, we can give more time to improving the general well-being of our workers; to bestowing on them the gift of appreciation whenever and wherever possible; and to building a better understanding on the part of the worker of each particular function or task.

As teachers, we can give more by recognising that among life’s most precious possessions is the mind of a child.  We can then determine to make that additional effort to ensure that, working along with parents, the character of our children is durably formed and that positive values are properly instilled.

As leaders at all levels of the society, we can give more by being ever conscious that we are always being watched, and that the examples we set by the things we say, by the things we do, and even by the places we go, will influence those we lead either for good or for ill.

For each of us a gift can be either something spiritual like prayer, words of encouragement, good advice or sharing of talents and skills; or something material or physical, like spending precious time with an elderly person or someone with a disability, or lending a helping hand to someone in need.  It can also be a donation to

It can also be a donation to organisations like the Salvation Army and the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society, which look after the least fortunate in our society.

In all of these ways and others, we can make the spirit of Christmas a year-round experience; we can bring happiness and meaning to those countless persons who need to benefit from our giving; we can give concrete and living expression to that peace on earth and goodwill towards men which the birth of Christ was intended to herald.

In this season of goodwill, I take this opportunity, on behalf of the members of the Cabinet, on behalf of our families and on our own behalf as individuals, to wish all of you, residents and visitors alike, and the Barbadian Diaspora worldwide, a blessed Christmas and a healthy and bountiful New Year.

15 Responses to Prime Minister’s Christmas Message

  1. Don Keyote December 25, 2016 at 6:38 am

    If giving is the true spirit of Christmas, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet have demonstrated the Christmas spirit continuously for several years. Their generosity in giving pain and suffering to the people has known no bounds, in impositions and increases in taxes and levies, in reductions of employment, income and spending power, in decreases in our standard of living. And insights into accountability and transparency of Government. Yes, they truly have the Christmas spirit.

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  2. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

    WE WANT WORK NOT HANDOUTS U FOOL, IF U HAD THE LOVE OF GOD IN U, U WOULD HAVE TREATED HIS CHILDREN IN AH LOVING MANNER, BUT U ARE BILIAL, ABBADON, BAPHOMET

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  3. frank white December 25, 2016 at 7:45 am

    When a politician could come and talk about God And Jesus Christ and figures that by doing that, the masses would forget and accepts this garbage, this God and Jesus would have to be mock and the masses would have to be completely stupid. In a country where Black people are the majority and with a cabinet made up of all Black people but yet Black people suffer at the hands of this same cabinet and now you, Mr Prime Minister, want to throw this fictitious God and Jesus character in the woodwork to pull on the heart strings of the masses who after all that rhetoric, still don’t have and still continues to suffer…Talk Don’t Cook Rice…

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  4. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore December 25, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Totally agree with you PM we all can do better.

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    • Leroy December 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Even him, you agree?

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  5. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

    BRING THE ANTIDOTE

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  6. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid December 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Never in my time knew a sitting PM to get cuss so bad,he have heart to come and tell people who suffering to give more when all he do is take ,wow…

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  7. Jennifer December 25, 2016 at 9:23 am

    @Frank White – Frank do you not realize that this is what happened to all countries conquered by the same people. They will put in the majority (black) people to form a government as it looks too, bad while they control the entire business infrastructure and leave the scraps for the dogs. No system will be geared toward the masses, only them. It is like a cancer within that needs to be cut out completely. These cabinet ministers are what you call house Negros – they will only serve the oppressor and suppress their own in any kind of upward movement. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE BLINKERS OFF TO SEE IT.
    However, Frank i would encourage to read DEUT:28 chapter (all of it) and see the transatlantic slave trade sitting there. But i agree with you – he should not talk but cook the hog too.

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  8. Hewers of wood December 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

    @Don Keyote – hail hail – These ministers can only do what they are allowed to do. They will NOT work for the benefit of the masses in any areas or release them from bondage. They keep that invisible noose around your neck. The irony of the whole thing is that it does not matter who government you put there either as these two horns has to play to the tune of the piper or else. This is why a NATION (race) divided against itself cannot stand. We are divided in SURNAME, ISLAND, RELIGION, and education. Do you not see how these people trow the toys out of the pram when it seems they cannot get their way. UNTIL THEY GET IT.

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  9. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata December 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Fumble shoot we down n den turn round n call d ambulance fuh we too

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  10. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles December 25, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Another roll of hogwash from our beloved PM….the only thing left to give now is my ribs..cause i at a loss as to what more he want we give

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  11. hcalndre December 26, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Jennifer, I agree with Frank where he mention what the PM say to bajans about God and Jesus, that will keep them where they belong, same thing Massa said to the enslave people long time ago and don`t forget barbados is one of the only black nation that can`t shake the Slavery mentality. I also agree with your comment 100%.

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  12. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Freundel!

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  13. Peter December 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Frank, That woman ain’t got a husband, she old and single with no children. Can’t get along with anybody so she lonely. She got a break to go overseas but failed miserably at that effort that’s because her grade level at school was “H” as in HOPELESS. She trying to catch a big fish in a little pond. She blames society for everything including her failure in life. Notice I ain’t call no name so who de cap fit let them wear it..

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