IT'S that time of the year when peace should reign and there is consideration for others.
As we count down the days to Christmas Day, there are many visitations around the country as people give in abundance.
They are giving love and affection. They are giving their time and effort to make others happy.
Yesterday for instance members of the police force visited the Pearce Home in Suva.
They brought joy and happiness to the residents.
There were others doing the same around the country. Staff members of the Fiji Development Bank for instance were up at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, with gifts for patients at the Children's Ward.
They were met by many happy faces.
As corporate organisations and others play their part by giving back to society, there is a great sense of appreciation and joy all around.
For this is a special period. It is when people bring joy to others who may be less fortunate.
It is when we do this that we get to appreciate what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
But let us not forget that there will be many people who will be working when others are enjoying the festivities.
Members of our security forces and other essential services will be out and about, ensuring we are safe and free to enjoy ourselves with our loved ones.
Our nurses and doctors, the cleaners at all our hospitals around the country, hospital drivers and security guards will be at work, providing reassurance for thousands of people.
Then there are others like members of various religious organisations who will be providing reassurance for the hundreds of people who are facing different concerns.
As we go about our days, let us give them some thought.
Let us appreciate our bus and taxidrivers, the cashiers in our supermarkets and everyone else who has to be at work to ensure our nation continues to tick.
And lest we forget, this may sound like an old record permanently on replay mode, but we must respect our road rules.
As we get closer to the public holidays this week, there will be a lot of travelling.
It is imperative then that we strictly adhere to road rules.
Let us continue to plan to arrive at our various destinations on time, and alive.
Let us stay safe, and appreciate those around us. Christmas Day and the new year are opportunities for us to rejoice and be happy.