WRITTEN BY @scharsmind
I'll Be Home for Christmas, if only in my dreams….
There is nothing quite like being in the Caribbean to celebrate Christmas. There are so many things that I’m going to miss about being in the Caribbean for Christmas!
1. That home-cooked, Caribbean food
One thing that no other country has on the Caribbean is the food! Alright, maybe I’m a little biased but I don’t think anyone’s food is quite as good as Caribbean food. Whether you call it peas and rice or rice and peas, rice is a staple dish in the Caribbean household. And let's not forget about macaroni! No matter which Caribbean country you're from, macaroni is an important part of your meals. I know, I know, your mummy makes the best one! The delicious food is one thing that truly makes you feel at home.
2. Liquid Sunshine
My favourite thing about a Caribbean winter is that there is barely any winter at all because a typical “winter” day in The Bahamas is not dissimilar from that of a summer day with the addition of light winds. The Caribbean is known for its sunny climate and that’s one of my favourite parts about the Caribbean. Everyone else dreams of a white Christmas, but we in the Caribbean love our sunny Christmas Day. While everyone else is ensuring that their heating is on, we in the Caribbean don’t have that problem, thanks to the natural heating from the sunshine. Nothing beats a sunny, Caribbean Christmas, not even the windy, rainy weather of England (where I'm @ rn).
While the food is being prepared in the kitchen, the kids are playing with their new toys/iPads and everyone else is chilling and talking about politics and what should be changed about the country, there’s nothing quite like spending the holidays with your family. The jokes, the games, the conversations all make the holidays brighter because it’s with the people you love the most. Family is an important part of the Caribbean community and definitely the most important part of Christmas. Caribbean families are some of the harshest yet nicest people you will ever meet. They will make jokes about you and then compliment you all in one sentence. They are hilarious, kind and they make sure you are well taken care of. Even if you’re not family, when you enter a Caribbean family’s home, they will take you in with open arms and treat you as one of their own.
4. Cultural events
In The Bahamas, every Boxing Day and New Year, there is a celebration known as Junkanoo, similar to Maskanoo in Turks and Caicos. It includes the most gorgeous costumes and lively rhythmic beats of the goat skin drum echo everywhere as the Junkanoo groups make their way down Bay Street. Whether you watch Junkanoo live from Rawson Square or live from your bedside, many Bahamians love the beauty and culture of Junkanoo. Throughout the Caribbean, there are cultural events the holiday season such as the Parang Festival in Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada or the Grand Market in Jamaica. The Caribbean is definitely not short of cultural events for you to attend.
My heart will definitely be in The Bahamas this holiday season because I know that’s where the good food, sunshine, family and culture are. Home, you will definitely be missed!
What do you love most about your country during the holiday season?
Let me know in the comments!