I love Christmas time. I know it’s easy to hold that opinion and not many people will argue against it. There is something about the season that has a certain charm. The oppressive heat of the summer is behind us. The threat of hurricanes has been removed. All we have now is the focus on our families and friends.
The seasonal bump in visitors doesn’t hurt things either. Welcome friends, whether you are from the U.S. are from further stretches of the globe, I hope you enjoy your winter holiday here. We have sand instead of snow. I’m sure you won’t mind.
But being in The Bahamas for Christmas, indeed, being in Abaco, has so much going for it. We are naturally a generous people. The festive, giving spirit of the season fits right in. We welcome it. We should welcome it. I know many of us don’t have much, many of us even less after a hurricane and after a deep-cutting, economic recession.
But the spirit of giving, the spirit of charity, keeps our community together. Despite challenges we’ve reached another winter and another holiday with family and friends.
Many of us Abaconians depend heavily on these short few weeks now to get us through to the next busy patch of the year. By extension, we all rely on it. But I ask everyone to take one step back, as fretful as that might make you, from your work and find time for yourself, for your family and for your friends. This Christmas will come and go, as will next the next one, as have they all. And I’m not saying to slack off, that’s not what has made our little Abaco the leader it is, but, instead, just realize what else there is.
I lost someone important to me recently. A grandfather. I won’t be able to spend this Christmas with him. I miss him a lot, especially with the holidays. But it has reminded me about how important it is to spend time with your loved ones.
This is a joyous season. Despite those loved ones we’ve lost, it reminds us we have the opportunity now to spend time with those still with us. To build stronger friendships. To learn from our older family. To breath in and not be strangled by a 102 degree day with one 100 percent humidity. These are what this holiday brings.
Enjoy it. And enjoy each other.