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Are we serious?

Published:Tuesday | January 3, 2017 | 7:13 AM


A number of Jamaicans have taken a step back on Christmas spending. Many are choosing to instead focus on the true meaning of the day, the celebration of the birth of Christ. Christmas, therefore is becoming a day of worship for a growing number of persons. Christmas falling on a Sunday, as it did this year, is perfect. Sundays are traditionally days of worship in Jamaica, so a Sunday Christmas is convenient.  

On Christmas Day in Jamaica most business places are closed. They are also closed on Sundays. It seems a bit redundant to have extended Christmas into Monday as we did here this year. The Monday after Christmas was something of a Christmas Day Part Two. Then, Tuesday, December 27 became Boxing Day.

On Sunday, January 1, the world celebrated New Year's Day and then in most places, the following day, people went back to work. But not here in Jamaica. Our Government gave us an extra holiday. Another day of lost business that the economy really can hardly afford.

A small-business owner with whom I was speaking bemoaned the two extra days for which she would have to pay her staff, even though no money was being made. As a nation, are we really serious about achieving prosperity?  

Claude Wilson