Cherisse Francis — President, Barbados Youth Development Council
Can you believe it? Christmas time is upon us once again. Another year has almost passed, experiencing the birth of new tourism markets and the effects of the world’s largest recession yet somehow resilience has protected most Barbadian citizens as they have found a way to survive. Christmas is a time of joy, celebration and thanksgiving. It’s that time when we remember the birth of our Saviour in a manger on that cold starry night. Christmas is a time for family, friends, parties, gatherings, chicken, turkey, pork, pork and more pork. There is no mistaking that smell of ham at midnight on December 24. This is what Christmas has become.
Unfortunately, not everyone is that blessed. There are thousands of young men and women across the region and across the globe, who lack families and friends, clothing, homes and some who probably will not have a hot meal to enjoy when Christmas day comes.
For this reason, the Barbados Youth Development Council is asking each and every one you to get involved and get active, say a prayer for those less fortunate when you say grace before enjoying Christmas lunch and when given the opportunity; help someone in need.
When we look at the ever-changing nature of the society we live in today, the only thing we can rely on is the inevitability of change. Renowned American businessman Alan Cohen once said, “In change there is power”, which is why it is necessary to embrace change rather than oppose it as all change bad or good is a sign of progress. However, what we, the Executive Board of BYDC, challenge you to do over this Christmas holiday and in preparation for the New Year is to use all your gifts, talents and abilities to effect positive change in the world. If it only takes one man to make a difference, imagine what an entire country can do!
Over this Christmas holiday we urge you to eat in moderation, drink responsibly, make time for what is important; remember Jesus’ birth. Even though the “end of the world” is allegedly upon us, we do not know the date or the time when the Lord shall come again so be safe and see you next year! Barbados, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!