The Christmas season for Jamaicans at home and in the United Kingdom is a time of reflection and for reconnecting with family and friends.
In spite of the growing commercialisation, the season remains a spiritual one – a period to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to reaffirm one’s faith. It also enables us to reflect on our many blessings and to commiserate with those who have lost loved ones or have been affected by illness and other social or economic challenges.
As you go through this very special season, I would like to encourage you to continue to keep the Jamaican flag flying high. Many of you, through your commitment and dedication to your homeland have contributed significantly to the growth and development of Jamaica. This support is invaluable and remains critical to the achievement of our goals and objectives. I look forward, therefore, to deepening the collaboration that currently exists with the many Jamaican organisations that are promoting the spirit of community as they maintain productive links to home.
I would also like to thank and commend the many Jamaicans who continue to offer a helping hand to those in need and have supported many worthy causes in Jamaica. You are an inspiration to many across the length and breadth of not only the United Kingdom, but our beloved Jamaica.
With 2014 nearly over, we can look back on a year that saw us continuing to improve our services to the Jamaican community, while promoting the best of Jamaican culture and heritage. We remain committed to this task, notwithstanding our limited resources, and to ensuring that the work of the High Commission is advanced.
Let me close by wishing you all a safe and blessed festive season and a happy and prosperous new year.