2009 Christmas Message by the honorable Commissioner Mr. Frans Richardson


As is the custom in homes all over St. Maarten many are those who this week come together to celebrate this festive season of the year as we mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Christmas is an ideal time to express love and good wishes for those we care.

It is a time when we allow the marvel of Christmas to fill our hearts with warmth and love – giving, sharing and forgiving.

This is a celebrating season and notwithstanding our troubles, we are called upon to express our gratitude and give thanks to God for his wonderful blessings upon us as as an individual, as a family, as a community and as a developing island-nation.

Christmas is not only a time of celebrating but also the time of reflection in our lives.

It’s a time to think about the less fortunate among us and use this occasion to share warm fellowship with all.

May the good Lord be with you and protect you.

Happy Holidays and may God’s grace be with you and yours.

Frans G. Richardson


St. Maarten,

December 2009