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Christmas after Election

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The division, the anger and the rage associated with the election campaign have come to an end. Let us turn a new page to embrace the Christmas cheer. We are a Christian people and we all enjoy Christmas. It is not only part of our Christian belief, but many of our cultural elements are associated with it, including our now famous Nine Mornings. The Christmas season is a joyous time of the year, and even the elements are in agreement.{{more}} The moderate temperatures make it the most comfortable time of the year, and after the intense heat of the past months, sleep comes easily for everyone.

The last two Christmas seasons were challenging for everyone because there was much concern about the recession that was having a worldwide effect. Many were afraid to spend or give that extra dollar, for the future appeared to be bleak. Nonetheless, the barrels came and many families were able to enjoy a good Christmas. The concession at the Customs no doubt continues to provide a worthwhile relief for those who receive food, clothes and household items from their families abroad.

Remember, though, that the hard times are not over. You need to save for the difficult times ahead. Do not go on a spending spree and use all the money that you saved during the year. Perhaps you can give a new look to the house by switching around the furniture in the living room instead of buying a new suite. By now you should have your special Christmas curtains and you do not have to discard them for a new set. Bring the potted plants that you have outside into the house and cover the pot itself with sheets of paper that match your cushions or curtains. I know that every one is anxious to make the house look special at Christmas, but you do not have to succumb to the appeals of the commercials. They are designed to entice you to spend more than you earn.

The joys of Christmas are meant to be shared with everyone, so that those who have more should share with the less fortunate ones. The stores have toys like no other time of the year and there are children who could do well with your generosity. It is a time when food is plentiful, the turkey, pork, black cake and ham and the poor neighbour at the end of your street will appreciate what ever you can spare in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.

Whatever you do, please do not forget the main reason for Christmas. Enjoy the season and think about others, especially the less fortunate. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays.

Ada Johnson is a solicitor and barrister-at-law.

E-mail address is: [email protected]

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