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Season’s Greetings, Bermuda!

By December 24, 2021No Comments

Message from Leader of the Opposition
The Hon. N.H. Cole Simons JP MP

Christmas is one of our most favorite times in the Simons household. In this holiday season, we join our fellow Christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. As we enjoy our traditions and festivities re-telling his story from that holy night some 2000 years ago, we’ll also remember his eternal message – one of boundless love, compassion, and hope.

Christmas may also be a time for us to joyfully reunite with our families and friends so that we rekindle love, re-ignite bonds, and celebrate the gift of life. For many, it is time for meditation, prayer and a fulfilment of spiritual growth and inner peace.

On reflection, we all know that the end of the year is a special time for everyone. It marks the pinnacle of individual and collective journeys we have crossed during the course of the year. It is a time to reflect on where we are, as we prepare for the beginning of a new year, which marks a new season in our lives.

As we reexamine the accomplishments and challenges of 2021, it is time to firmly focus on new dreams, new possibilities, new hopes and new aspirations for the future of our families, our nation, and ourselves as individuals.

Even in the face of difficulties, the Christmas period is a time for the renewal of our collective resolve as a country to unite behind the vision of a cohesive and a very inclusive society in pursuit of fundamental freedoms, human rights, peace, and shared prosperity.

There is no doubt that Christmas 2021 is no ordinary festive season. It has been like no other in the recent past. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about hardship, disruptions, and pain in our lives.

Throughout the world, we are locked in the throes of a ravaging pandemic that has decimated lives and the livelihoods of many people. The global economy has taken a serious knock due to lockdowns and a restricted trade environment. Here at home, the economic challenges have deepened, resulting in the disruption of business activities and job losses.

While significant progress has been made in containing the spread of infections during the pandemic, the current rise in infections continues to demand our collective commitment and adherence to all Covid-19 protocols and regulations. We cannot afford to be complacent and let our guard down during this difficult period in our lives.

We must continue to promote peace and safety within our living environments, to work in partnership to combat crime and violence. Our homes, our streets and neighborhoods must be safe for every child, every woman, person with disability, and every elderly person. Christmas must epitomize freedom from fear, anger, abuse, and murder. Christmas is about sharing expressions of love and compassion. Christmas is about the love of God, that is made available to all.

With that note, let us also remember those families who are facing their first Christmas having lost a loved one. We all know that pain and sorrow. Let’s embrace those families as we know that in a time of grief, a kind word, sharing a meal or even just touching base can mean so much.

Let the spirit and celebration of Christmas be the solid rock on which we continue to stand and build a united, democratic, and prosperous Bermuda.

On behalf of my family and the One Bermuda alliance – Merry Christmas.
– The Hon. N.H. Cole Simons JP MP

Message from Party Chair
Catherine Kempe JP

The holiday season is one that is filled with hope, joy and faith for the new beginnings of the New Year. An opportunity to spend time with loved ones, to remember what is truly important in our lives, to reflect on the year past and hope for the future. This is now our second year with COVID-19 and although we’re beginning to move forward with the holiday traditions in new ways, it is this time of year when we notice how dramatically our lives have changed in the span of the last two years.

For some, the difference is not great, simple items such as working from home vs the office. However, for many in our country, the crises brought to our shores by COVID have not ceased yet. Our countrymen are out of work, out of food and struggling to survive. Charities which have helped to keep food on the table and a roof over people’s heads are struggling with decreasing assistance this past year. As a country we banded together in 2020, however as the pandemic goes on, it is harder and harder to fill the needs that this prolonged pandemic has created.

In the new year, I urge you to get involved with a local charity. This pandemic is going to be with us into 2022 and we need to work together, not only in the Christmas period but throughout the entire year, to help our neighbours survive.

Let’s all take a moment and reflect on what Christmas truly is to us as individuals and how we can help to ensure that those in our community are also safe. Let us remember the spirit of our country and how our strength as a nation comes from assisting each other through hard times and good.

– Catherine Kempe JP