Since 2001 we have been going around
shopping centres to take pictures of Christmas trees put up by the respective
This year, we are continuing with
our annual practice. Shopping centres around the island have started putting up
their Christmas trees. However, some shopping centres - which in previous years
put up Christmas trees - this year appear to be doing without their Christmas
It could be a sign of the times.
This year has been a pretty bad one for Asia and the rest of the world, what
with SARS and terrorism playing havoc with our minds. Tourism has suffered along
with other industries.
But, SARS and terrorism cannot wipe
out the spirit of Christmas. Along Orchard Road - the shopping belt of
Singapore, thousands of Singaporeans and tourists ascend upon the shops during
the weekends. 'Tis the season of giving and forgiving.
Whilst we partake in the fun this
Christmas, let us not forget to remain vigilant against violent forces which
know no boundaries. There are people out there who for some morbid reasons
choose to attack peace and stability. Fortunately, here in Singapore, our
security forces are able to circumvent these terrorists.
Let these Christmas trees remind all
of us that peace and joy reign in the hearts of those who believe in the spirit
of giving and forgiving.