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Don’t you just enjoy Christmas? The festivities. The food. The fun. The gifts. The…everything about Christmas and in particular, Christmas in the islands!

I used to think that once I got older, I would lose the Christmas fever but at 50-plus, that has not yet happened. I don’t believe it ever will.

As a child, Christmas festivities were in full swing from the very week of Christmas, so by the time the actual day arrived, everyone in our home was all set. The night before, no one went to bed until around 2:00am, due to the fact that we were all so busy, with dad making sure all decorations we put up were still in place with all the lights working; my sister and I would be getting our hair done; mom would be baking rum cake, sorrel drink and preparing the meat dishes for the next day and my brothers would both be helping mom and dad. We would probably get a couple hours of shut-eye, but were back up by 4:00am or so on Christmas morning.

Now this was the highlight of our Christmas holiday – the events of Christmas morning! Our parents would give us money and we would head off to “Christmas Market” downtown. We would shop to our hearts’ content, and head back home with the tons of goodies we bought. That was the best time ever and it didn’t stop there.

My oldest brother was a musician who was the drummer on many of the popular songs at that time. Live shows musical shows were held and we were sure to be there, with backstage access after the show, every single year.

The Christmas Market and musical show routine went on for many, many years until we became adults so that spirit of excitement and anticipation never left me.

I’m happiest at Christmas time and I bet you are too!

Christmas 2008