CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO THE NATION By Mr. Robert H.O. Corbin, MP, Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Opposition --December 23, 2009


Seasons Greetings to you and to all our family members and friends visiting Guyana during this holiday season.

As we celebrate the season in good old Guyanese fashion, - black cake and ginger beer, pepper-pot, garlic pork, ham and the many other dishes, if we could afford it, that make up our unique Guyanese Christmas cuisine -, let us not forget the real meaning of the season.

Christmas is the birth anniversary of Jesus the Christ, whose divine birth brought hope of salvation to all humanity and provides the solid foundation of the Christian Faith. Christmas, therefore, is inextricably linked to this season of good will, love and caring, and, the hope it brings for the triumph of good over evil and for overcoming all earthly challenges through spiritual liberation by eternal life through Christ.

At this time when the spirit of peace, good will and love should prevail over all other influences and emotions, I hope that we can especially remember our countrymen and women who were particularly challenged this year: the poor and needy, the elderly, the chronically ill, those who felt the pain of bereavement, especially those who lost loved ones particularly, in inexplicable circumstances, indeed, all those citizens who have difficulty coping with daily existence. I hope that you receive a special blessing this Christmas from God Almighty and that you find relief from your pain or worry.

I am keenly aware of the other trials, difficulties and national embarrassments, too numerous to mention at this time, that most Guyanese have experienced and continue to experience this year. Yet, it is my hope that Christmas provides us with some respite.

As we take a break, however fleeting, from the challenges and the rigors of our respective responsibilities, I wish that all of us can use some of those moments to contemplate ways of overcoming the many obstacles in the way towards our country’s future. In so doing I trust that an understanding of the true meaning of the season will help us find new resolve to work together to improve the overall condition of our ailing country. The Christmas underlying message of hope holds a poignant relevance for us as a nation.

For me personally, the beauty of Christmas has always been that, while it is a Christian commemorative event, it rises above considerations of religion, race, creed and political affiliation and creates a spirit of oneness in which all Guyanese have traditionally shared. OH how I wish this spirit could pervade our country throughout the year and in all our national activities.

Special greetings too are extended to those Guyanese and friends of Guyana who have returned home for Christmas. Your presence brings joy to your families here in Guyana and adds that special dimension to what, for us as Guyanese, is a unique celebration.

To those Guyanese who, like me, also celebrate the festival of KWANZA beginning on December 26, I extend Kwanza Greetings. May we remember the seven principles of this observance: Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Co-operative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. In doing so, let us pledge to work continuously to strengthen the family.

Once again, on behalf of the Central Executive Committee and membership of the People’s National Congress Reform, my family and myself, I extend sincere greetings and good wishes to all Guyanese for a Peaceful and Happy Holiday season.


Robert H O Corbin
Leader of the PNCR &
Leader of the Opposition

Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
23 December 2009