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Nowadays it is hard not to notice that the true meaning of Christmas tends to get buried in the clatter and glitter of the ever-expanding commercial explosion that occurs every year at Christmas time.

As the Christmas season unfolds, shopping, feasting, drinking, dancing and exchanging of gifts, along with Santa Claus and Rudolph take center stage in many people’s lives. This non-religious surge diverts attention away from the real reason why we choose to celebrate Christmas at all.

There is clear evident that the frenzied commercial activities at the time of the year tend to saturate many people’s senses and harden their hearts. In a world choked with greed and vice, it is easy to lose sight of the true spiritual importance of Christmas – that Jesus Christ was born, lived, died, conquered death and is alive again.

That is why the true meaning of Christmas is found in our recognition and expression of the importance of family – our own families, the families of our relatives, friends and neighbours, and our entire human family.

What matters is not shopping and partying until you drop, or showing your face in church or lustily singing a few old hymns. What matters is that the Christmas gifts and gestures goodwill genuinely reflect the emotions in our hearts and that these should be the feelings towards each other that Christ commands and expect us to have.

But our flawed human nature does not permit us to express genuine love for each other all the time, which is why in other to embrace the true meaning of Christmas we need to reflect on the birth of Christ and reflect on the purity of His love and try our utmost best to live up to His example, even if it is only during the Christmas Holidays.

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From Rosalie bay Resort

In an effort to help spread the Christmas sheer, soon-to-be-opened Rosalie Bay Resort held its first ever Christmas party.

Instead of the usual annual Christmas staff party, the owners of the Resort and the staff members thought it would be better share the Christmas sheer with over a hundred kids from the nearby villages of Riviere Cyrique, Grand Fond, and Morne Jaune.

To bring authenticity to the party, Dominica’s very own Santa Claus took some time off his busy Xmas schedule to celebrate with children – it was so exciting to see the expressions on all the children faces when Santa drove to the party on a John Deere Go-Kart. 😀

That’s what the Holiday Season is all about, sharing with each other and that’s just what all the great folks at Rosalie Bay Resort did for all these kids. I was just happy to be there.

Rosalie Bay Resort Update

As for the resort, and when it plans to opens its doors to the public – the owners were anticipating opening the resort November past, but had to re-schedule the opening for another six months due to some major setbacks. But I must say, comparing to what I saw the last time I visited Rosalie Bay, the resort is no doubt on its final stages before the doors are open-up to the long guest waiting list.

Here are some scenes from the Christmas Party.

Dominica Santa Claus Present gifts to the kids

santa-klaus with the kids at Rosalie Bay Resort

Santa greetings the kids

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