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Hello Mi Neighbour | Wear your thinking cap while shopping for Christmas

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Christmas is a time when people smile more and embrace a little tighter as longtime friends and relatives meet and greet after years/months of not seeing one another.

Hello mi neighbour! Break the monotony. A few Christmas questions: do you give Christmas gifts? If so, what and why do you give? If not, why not? Is it that you don't know what to give, have no one to give to, don't celebrate Christmas, or don't know why you don't give? Whichever category you find yourself in, you are not alone. Enjoy being you.

People have this weird temperament: if you don't think, act like them or do what they want you to do, they think you are weird. That's weird! Yikes! But then again, people are people and will always be (curiously strange) until the Creator determines otherwise. Being people, we have much in common, and hate the idea of being classified as common. Really now, is that common sense? Gwaaan!

And as we've entered what is commonly called the 'silly season', it's advisable that we wear our thinking caps while shopping lest we get carried away and pay the ultimate price when 'tambrin season' comes within another three weeks. For the very young who may not know, the early part of the new year is normally referred to as the 'tambrin season', meaning that people have little or no money because they would have done big Christmas shopping - buying 'Gad-knows-what': things that you really don't need but purchase anyway because it's Christmas. Jeeps!




Seriously though, Christmas is a very pleasant time of year. 'Tis a time of sharing the better things of life: love, joy and peace. Also a time when people smile more and embrace a little tighter as long-time friends and relatives meet and greet after years/months of not seeing one another. With all this love and excitement in the air, is there any wonder so many persons get carried away with spending? Just remember balance.

Christmas means good news for a bad world! A Saviour is born! The greatest gift has come to humanity. Evil will eventually die "and man will live forevermore because of Christmas Day". And how can we show appreciation to the Heavenly Father for this gift? Just accept it! Acceptance of this gift liberates us from the bondage of hatred, bitterness and unforgiveness and empowers us to love and care for one another as brothers and sisters, including politicians who never fail to disappoint. It makes us more willing to give to others, especially in times of need.

The giving of Christmas gifts is really an expression of our appreciation to God for the gift of eternal life, which Christmas represents. Therefore, if you were looking for a reason to give a gift this Christmas, look no further. You've found the best reason ever!

At this time of the year as people 'ring out the old' furniture and 'ring in new' ones, I know a few less fortunate neighbours are smiling! A case in point: a neighbour from St Andrew hills is all smiles today because Sister P from lower St Andrew is giving her a table and a television, which she has just replaced with new ones.

If you are changing out your furniture for Christmas, here's a bright idea: Please contact us (information below) as we may just have the right person to take the old ones off your hand.

And whether the Christmas gift costs $100, $1,000 or $10,000+, remember what matters most is that your giving accords with the true meaning of Christmas.

And please don't forget 'tambrin season' is coming.




1. Paula, St Andrew, for household items

2. Neighbour, St Andrew, for mattress

3. Neighbour, St Catherine, for refrigerator




- Neighbour needs hospital bed. Suffering from stroke, heart condition, cancer.

- Sister Bailey, St Thomas, widow, badly needs stove.

- Neighbour, asking for: Human & Social Biology for CSEC Examination and Macmillan Science for CSEC 6th Edition by Phil Gadd.

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