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

Holiday Tribute From the Grand Girls

My grand daughters wrote the loveliest poem as a holiday tribute to their grandparents, which includes myself, their paternal grandmother and both grandfathers.  It was heart-warming and was mostly written by the oldest, Marley – age 7, with inputs from Sage – age 5.  It brought tears to my eyes when it was being presented to me.  I had no idea they noticed the little things they mentioned in the poem.  Who says that little children don’t really pay attention?  Well, whoever said that, lied.

The girls are truly blessed and they know it.  They have both sets of grandparents who are alive and well, and who are also very much involved in their lives.  Most people my age, and that includes me, never had a relationship with a grandparent.  My maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather passed away in the 1940s – way before I was even thought of.  My paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather both lived until I was about 6 years old so I had a chance to meet and play with them a bit.  I miss not having a lengthy and fun-loving relationship with them, the way my three grand daughters do with me and their other grandparents now.

I am thankful for them and they are extremely thankful us as well.