THE LIGHT OF the one who brought Christmas into the world was reflected across the wide expanse of Ilaro Court on Sunday night.
As hundreds trekked to the official residence of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, candles were passed around at sunset, and by the time darkness had fallen, nearly each person held forth a lit candle, transforming the venue into a virtual kaleidoscope.
So overwhelmed was the Prime Minister himself at the sight of the twinkling panorama, enhanced by the light of the moon, that he compared it to Christ’s admonition to “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven”.
The lights, symbolizing hope, glowed for the remainder of the show, which was also lit up on stage by some of Barbados’ leading entertainers, who brought their unique take to familiar Christmas songs.
Led by the energetic Mustard Seed Kids, Marissa Lindsey’s power-filled pipes set the spark for an evening of music that included the vocal stylings of Alex Santoriello, Tamara Marshall, Natalie Burke and Derek Fields.
These were accompanied by musicians John Roett on keys, Philip Brennan on bass and the formally-clad “Saint Nick”.
The show, now in its 18th year, was conceptualized by Trevor Gordon Fields, who was introduced to the audience, and is an annual gift to Barbados by the Rotary Club.