Christmas in Jamaica is a wonderful experience and every year I spend in New York City, I miss my Jamaican Christmas traditions more and more, traditions like:
- The annual Christmas tree lighting: the store owners in a district square would get together and put on an event one night a few days before Christmas – the businesses or volunteer organizations would sponsor treats and gifts for the children and there would be music – really loud music – for hours and hours, the stores would stay open until midnight or later, with little kids running around eating ice cream cones way after their bedtime. As unlikely as it might seem in such a small place, there are multiple tree lightings – each one in an adjacent community, nowadays it feels like one at every square (just a couple miles or so apart) – so they are staggered so people can attend several, one on each night in the week or so leading up to Christmas.
- Grand Market: In New York City, Christmas shopping officially on Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving (although it’s becoming more like Thanksgiving evening) – and the big stores stay open late every night until Christmas Eve, when they close early, sometimes by 6:00 p.m. In Jamaica, yes there is a big bustle of shopping in the weeks leading up to the big day but Christmas Eve night is the biggest shopping night of the year. Even the vendors in the market stay in place, selling everything from food to toys to perfumes, the stores are open for balloons and expensive gifts, the restaurants are open for meals and snacks. Everyone goes. When I was a little girl, I asked why it’s called Grand Market. I was told that it’s the night the vendors are almost guaranteed to sell everything they have so they keep selling until it’s all gone.
Each day, I’ll invite 3 more people to participate the Christmas blogging challenge – start anytime you like. Today, these 3 bloggers are nominated:-
Bloggers, your assignment if you choose to accept it is to:
- Include the photo in each blog post to explain the challenge
- You may start at any point in December
- Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
- Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
- Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
- Have fun!
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