As Barbadians prepare to “ring out the old and ring in the new year” they are being warned not to engage in excesses.
The advice was offered by Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, shortly before he participated in his Ministry’s Community Christmas Carolling Programme, Sharing, Caring and Healthy Living at Christmas, which started at Gall Hill Play Park and travelled through surrounding districts, with its final stop at Silver Hill Housing Area, Christ Church.
Lashley said: “I know that [this] is a time of merriment and joy, but I want those who will be driving, for example, not to engage in drinking alcoholic beverages. In addition, within the home environment, we still have to ensure that we eat healthy and we are moderate in our habits.
“The importance of Christmas is about the birth of Christ and I would like to encourage as many Barbadians as possible to attend church, even if they have not attended for the whole year… So, my sole wish for Barbadians is to enjoy Christmas, and to find a way, through whatever means, to regain that spiritual connection with God.”
The minister pointed out that the programme was to promote positive activities such as giving and sharing. In addition, he disclosed that the message about HIV and AIDS was also being shared.