Several residents gathered at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza last evening to ring in the Christmas season at the 36th annual lighting of the Christmas tree.
The event, which signals the official start of the Christmas season is hosted by the Lions & Leo Clubs of Tortola in collaboration with the BVI Christian Council.
Minister Dorilyn Edwards, gave the reflections where she called on everyone to focus on the true meaning of the season, and not on how much money or gifts they have.
"We are here to tell you that your joy is coming in the morning, and your joy has nothing to do with whether you have x amount dollars but knowing that Jesus Christ was born...You are being redeemed from the hands of the enemy, that its not about your silver and your gold, its not about this season and what you are about to, but its about the Christ of the son of the living God," Minister Edwards stated.
Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Fourth District Representative, during his remarks called on residents to remember those who are in need, especially those persons around the world who are suffering during this time.
Vanterpool stated that they must think about others before themselves this Christmas season.