24 December 2012
First the weather:
79 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
29.96 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from east at 15 MPH – Partly Cloudy Skies
No rain in the last 24 hours. 36.06” so far this year.
National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with rain showers in the morning, then overcast with rain showers. Chance of rain 30%.High of 82F. Breezy winds from the East at 15 to 20 mph.
Scattered shower activity is expected across the region this morning - fair weather during the latter part of today and on Christmas Day.
Cruise Ship News
Celebrity Equinox, Allure of the Seas, Carnival Victory at Havensight Dock
Maasdam and Emerald Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
At the top of the news on Monday December 24
The party is here for this Christmas eve morning. Addie and WSTA sponsor a big party with Milo’s Kings and lots of food from Victor's New Hideout, we just heard the Voices of Love. And there is more to come.
Today is Christmas Eve –an official work day for the government and most businesses. The US Post Office is open today until noon. Then the US Post Offices are closed afternoon. All post offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 25. There will be express delivery on those dates. Schools are closed. The university is closed. The Courts are closed today, and tomorrow. Tuesday is Christmas day and everything is closed. Many offices will remain closed on Christmas Second Day – December 26th. Auxiliary enterprises,like the Board of Education closed and will remain closed through January 8th. The Senate President issued administrative leave to all Legislature employees through January 8th. Ace Sea Chest is closed. Public Works announced that all VITRAN Bus Services will be suspended on all islands on Christmas Day. VITRAN will re-open on Wednesday, December 26 for ADA Paratransit service only.
Gov. John deJongh Jr. and first lady Cecile deJongh issued a holiday message saying the Virgin Islands have been going through challenging times, but calls on Virgin Islanders to let the warmth of the holiday season guide them into the new year. The Governor said, "As a territory, we have had our struggles and challenges over the past year, and we have endured them as one people, united in purpose and lifted by a shared optimism for a better tomorrow.” He went on, “The holiday season is a time of renewal, of compassion, of charity and of hope. These are occasions to spend time with our families, to share cheer with our friends, and for all to revel in the spirit of goodwill that marks the season.
The first lady paid tribute to the cultural diversity of the islands. "To all who will be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the New Year and Three Kings Day, it is our sincere hope that these special days are filled with many blessings and most importantly with love, for it is love that will see us through these challenging times and it is love that will keep us unified as a community.
Department of Tourism dropped M. Booth as the marketing company promoiting the Virgin Islands. The new marketing consultants are Development Counsellors International. They cost less for their work leaving more money for the actual advertising and promotion costs.
Employees of the central government got their biweekly pay five days ahead of schedule. Governor John deJongh authorized Finance Commissioner Dawson to facilitate the early payroll. Thursday would be the normal day. Now you have Pay coming today just in time for last minute Christmas shopping.
In St Croix the festival gets going this evening festival village opens at 8:00 PM at the MonBijou intersection. The Calypso finals are on Christmas Second Day December 26 at 8:00 PM at Island Center. Frederiksted village opens on December 27 at 6:00 PM. Wednesday December 30 has the boat races at noon and culture night at 8:00 PM in the Village. New Year’s Eve December 31 the Youth Talent show at 8:00 PM in the Village. Wednesday January 2 J’Ouvert starts at 4 AM at Hannah’s rest Corner, the food fair is at noon and reggae night is at 8:00 PM at the village. January 3 is Latin Night, January 4 is the children’s parade and January 5th is the Adult parade. January 6th there are fireworks over the village.
Meanwhile parts of the US will get a white Christmas -- or more. Winter storm watches have been issued for parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma. California is already getting wet. Cars are buried, if they could move at all in the Midwest. In California's Sierra Nevada, up to five feet of snow could fall.
The National Weather Service is expecting more violent weather on Christmas Day, and while people are with their families, it looks like we're gonna see a widespread severe weather outbreak across portions of the Southeast, This new storm could also bring snow as far south as Dallas. This is going to be a real white Christmas -- not just an inch of snow, a lot of places are going to see several inches of snow, if not over a foot of snow."
Our virtue of the week is Joyfulness - - an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling sad. Joy gives us wings.
You are practicing joyfulness when you…
• Look inside for happiness
• Enjoy whatever you are doing
• Feel good about doing what is right
• Find creative ways to enjoy your time
• Have a good sense of humor
• Feel an inner peace even when things are tough
Affirmation: I am thankful for the joy I feel inside. I enjoy my work and my play. I appreciate the gifts this day holds for me.