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The management and staff of AIMIT gathered to celebrate Christmas on December 23. The theme for the Christmas programme was ‘Time for giving and forgiving’.

The chief guest for the day was Fr Richard Coelho, Director, Father Muller Charitable Institutions.

The programme started with Fr Richard Coelho and Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ placing the baby Jesus in the crib specially made for the joyous occasion, followed by a short prayer service by Justin James.

In his speech, Fr Coelho stated that “man has failed to recognise God’s spirit in oneself, and therefore one does not see God in others too. Human beings have lost respect and value for others; so this Christmas let us all forgive ourselves and each other and learn to respect everyone and be kind.” He also added that, seeing the present scenario of the country, commercialisation has taken place even for Christmas. It is important to remember what true Christmas is, namely giving and forgiving.

Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ in his message said, “The real spirit of Christmas is giving because, Jesus Christ came to the world to give, and Christmas means to love, and to love means to give until it hurts.” He also said that there are two aspects to Christmas: one is the star, which symbolises brightness and joy, and the crib, which symbolises simplicity and humility. “We are called to be joyous and humble people, if we truly imbibe the spirit of Christmas,” he added.

Ms Harinakshi, faculty member from the MBA Department, delivered the Christmas message. In her message, she said, “Christmas is all about the joy of giving, giving time, giving thought, giving a helping hand, giving gifts, and giving donations. Hence, there are two basic ingredients for a truly Merry Christmas that is a gift of time and a gift of love.”

The audience was entertained with carols, dance, and games. All staff members – teaching and non-teaching – were distributed Christmas gifts.