HOLIDAY MESSAGE 2016 BY MEMBER FOR THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE SIXTH ELECTORAL DISTRICT
HONOURABLE ALVERA MADURO-CAINES
“Tis the Season”
Christmas is a very special time of year for many of us. With our diverse community, a Virgin Islands Christmas of 2016 is much different than the Christmases I grew up knowing, where there was one reason for the season. Different cultures, different religions and different beliefs present a new opportunity for us to welcome other cultural celebrations, but also a chance for us to show our visitors and friends what a Virgin Islands Christmas is like.
What is it you ask?
It’s the warmth of the sun and the warmth of the ovens baking coconut, guava and pineapple tarts.
It’s the sound of the waves crashing against our shores and the sound of fungi music accompanying familiar Christmas carols.
It’s the feeling of togetherness and the joy that you feel every time someone wishes you Season’s Greetings.
These have been and will always be the hallmarks of a Virgin Islands Christmas and these are the fond memories that make this season special.
It is special, that as the Representative for the Sixth District and a fellow Virgin Islander that I get to share this season with each of you.
While many persons will have to deal with some onset of tragedy this season, remember that it is still the season where hope first came to life, that hope springs eternal and can be your comfort through any difficult times.
Tis the season for you to be happy. It will always be your season to choose to be happy.
Tis the season to feel loved. It will always be your season to be loved and to love others freely.
Tis the season for caring. It will always be your season to be cared for and to show others care.
Tis the season to be kind. The world needs your kindness, for tis the season for peace on earth good will to all men.
Tis the season to say thank you to every person near and far who has supported me, called to encourage me, prayed for me and continue to work with me for the betterment of the district and our territory.
Tis the season for love and joy. It gives me joy to serve you all, not just at Christmas but all year long, I love you all.
Merry Christmas from my husband, family and I.