To: All Editors
Date: 24th December 2023
From: The Office of the Leader of the Opposition
I extend my heartiest greetings to all of Trinidad and Tobago at this Christmas time, with best wishes for a season of peace, love, happiness, and generosity.
I fervently wish that everyone becomes imbued with the wonderful spirit of Christmas and its timeless message of joy, unity, and fellowship.
Whatever our respective religious affiliations, Christmas is universally appealing, because of its eternal and solemn significance and the atmosphere of affection it fosters.
Christmas 2023 has met Trinidad and Tobago, and, indeed, the entire world, with challenging circumstances, and that must be a strong motivation to aspire for peace on earth and goodwill for all collectively.
Along with religious devotion, Christmas is also a time of thoughtful giving. I urge society to reach out selflessly to the dispossessed, especially children without the yuletide cheer.
At this time, I recall Nat “King” Cole’s enduring seasonal lyrics: “He is the little boy that Santa Claus forgot/And goodness knows, he didn’t want a lot.”
Regrettably, there are children among us who are without the traditional goodies of Christmas and are, therefore, deprived of the season’s unmatched merriment and magic.
I ask that we stand heart-to-heart and hand-to-hand with destitute families.
I equally thank and congratulate the many compatriots whose humanitarian outreaches have brought delight and optimism to the less fortunate.
Generally, I wish that Christmas fills us all with consummate enjoyment and great blessings, and creates lasting memories.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition
24th December 2023