Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
THE CHRISTMAS spirit is blowing through downtown Kingston with the epicentre being the St William Grant Park where a massive tree is now lit.
Hundreds of onlookers stood in awe last Tuesday evening for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Telecommunications giant Digicel, which has adopted downtown Kingston and made it home, continued its sponsorship of the event with its CEO Barry O'Brien declaring his joy at the first tree-lighting ceremony in the park since his company moved into its head offices on the waterfront.
"I am really excited to feel the festive cheer, delighted and overwhelmed by what is taking place here, it's radiant. I would like to thank the people of downtown Kingston for welcoming Digicel into their community.
"This is our first Christmas tree-lighting here, and it's events like this that enforce why we moved down here," said O'Brien.
Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke underscored the importance of the Christmas season to Jamaicans.
"Christmas is when we take time to look out for those who are less fortunate. This year, we are asking you to do that, but we are also asking you to take the time to just think about how we treat one another and talk to one another," said Brown Burke.
"If we spend this Christmas really thinking before we put something out of our mouth, listening to those people when they talk, believing in what we say, and trusting in what we hear, then I believe that we can begin to turn this city around," added Brown Burke.