With just hours to go before Christmas Day, Barbadians were rushing around doing last minute shopping in the City many trying to secure final gifts for those on their holiday lists.
Outside Cave Shepherd on Broad Street Barbados TODAY caught up with Jamilla Sealy, the Queen’s Young Leader recipient 2017 whose only wish was that there would be no violence to interupt the peace of the Yuletide season.
“My Christmas wish is that everybody would keep calm because right now almost every day I am hearing about somebody
dying from a shooting. Let everyone try to get along at least for the season into the New Year,” she said, adding that persons should try to save some funds to take them through the New Year.
“There are hard times right now so I just really hope that people learn to cut back a bit and don’t spend all their money for Christmas and then don’t have anything for January,” she said.
The environmentalist who is also the regional chairperson of Caribbean Youth Environment Network said that she would like Barbadians to be mindful of the garbage they accumulate this year as they celebrate during this holiday season.
Trying to complete her last minute shopping, Sealy said she was looking forward to maintaining the “potluck” tradition in her family when each member brings dish and gather at one home for food and merriment.
Meanwhile, Shamar White said that his one Christmas wish was to ensure that his close relatives are happy.
“I just want to make sure that my family members are happy especially my mother; my close relatives are actually set in terms of food and all of that so that they could enjoy the holidays,” White said, adding that this year he brought so many gifts that he has no money left.
“I bought more gifts,” White told Barbados TODAY, adding that a traditional Christmas in his family begun on Christmas eve with the opening of one gift. “We open one gift the night before because the suspense builds up. We enjoy it and just have fellowship together,” he said.
Shanel Murphy said all she wants was to spend time with her family and friends and especially enjoying sharing at home with her sibling and mother
“Normally I would spend time with my mom and my brother. We just come over and eat, drink, have a good time. It is on the quieter side,” she told Barbados TODAY.