Head Girl's Christmas Message

Last Updated: Saturday, 19 December 2015 Published: Saturday, 19 December 2015 Written by Marie-Ange Emanuel

I trust that you have already begun to feel the happiness that this season brings.  We cannot rely on a dictionary definition of Christmas as it means something different to each of us.  To some, it means a time to travel.  To others, it is a time for family to shower them with gifts.  To others, it is a time to eat many tasty foods.  We can interpret Christmas in these many ways but we should not leave out the essentials- love, giving and most importantly, Jesus; put Christ back into our season of Chirst-mas.  Let us take the incarnation of Jesus seriously this Christmas since in some other countries, people are being persecuted for their Christianity.  

A quote from Dr. Seuss goes like this, ¨Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn´t before!  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn´t come from a store.  What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!¨  

The thought of Christmas being more than materialistic items scares some of us.  We wonder how we can expend as much energy loving our families as we do formulating our Christmas lists.  By giving, we can also make someone else´s Christmas a bit brighter.  The timing is appropriate as many may not experience the Christmas they have been used to this year due to the passage of the Tropical Storm.  Imagine the joy we can feel by making such persons experience joy too.

Additionally, we rejoice that we can still celebrate Jesus in Dominica this Christmas at a time when people in many countries cannot.  For this, we need to be grateful.  Let us not waste this opportunity by idolizing the things that will not matter after the season ends. Jesus does matter, and He 'is ' there for us in every season.  How would we cope if invaders told us that we are no longer ¨allowed¨ to partake in Christmas festivities?  How would we cope if they shut the doors to our churches for Christmas mass?  I can imagine a people in a state of confusion and disbelief.  This Christmas, let us show how appreciative we are for this religious freedom.

I sincerely hope that each of you will have an enjoyable Christmas season centered around the meaningful intangible things- love ,family, giving ourselves, being kind, compassionate, just and the list goes on.  May you also be appreciative of the opportunity to praise Christ.  Catch up on your rest during this holiday break and return to school in January equipped for challenges but also, hard work and success.  Merry Christmas to you all, May God bless us everyone ! (A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens)

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