In Celebration of Christmas 2014
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
President of the Inkatha Freedom Party
25 December 2014.
In the past few days, many of us have asked the
question, “What do you want for Christmas?” as we prepared to
celebrate with our family and friends. The answer, of course, was
probably books, CDs and Tablets. For those of us who are burnt-out
from another year of hard work, the answer may have been a holiday
or simply a foot massage!
When various Ambassadors were asked this question
by a journalist some years ago in the United Kingdom, they had the
presence of mind to think of such gifts as “Peace throughout the
world” and “An end to Imperialism”. One did, however, ask for a box
of candied fruit.
Whether we think of what we want, what we need or
what would be best for everyone, Christmas somehow focuses our minds
on what can be added to life to make it better.
The ultimate Christmas gift will always be Christ
Himself; the reason for our celebration on 25 December. Undoubtedly,
the grace, forgiveness, peace, mercy and love extended to us all by
the Lord would meet our needs far better than any Tablet, holiday or
candied fruit ever could. Adding Christ to our lives certainly makes
I trust that we have all received something
special today, whether it is a small token of affection or an
outrageously expensive present. But I hope each of us will consider
the gifts we really need and thank the one born on this day that
these gifts are ours 365 days a year.
On behalf of my family and the Inkatha Freedom Party, I wish all South Africans and all our friends everywhere in the world a blessed Christmas 2014.
IFP Media, Parliament