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Mary's House reflecting old time Christmas

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Decorator and house designer, Bert Rose (left) explains the motives behind two murals that form part of the décor of Mary’s House to Scotia Group President & CEO, Jacqueline Sharp (right) and her children Alex and Lauren.
Mary’s House heightens the environment at Emancipation Park.

Children of all ages can take the opportunity to relive or create new Christmas memories when they visit the Scotia Foundation's Mary's House, an old time Jamaican gingerbread house set up in Emancipation Park as part of the season's activities.

The house doors were opened by Jacqueline Sharp on December 16, right after the spectacular performances at the Scotia Singers Christmas concert also hosted in the park.

Remember when you couldn't wait until Christmas? When sleep eluded you because Santa was coming? When 'barrel come' and you get all those nice smelling foreign clothes? Tables overflowing with food for Christmas dinner? Presents, presents galore? Marbles, chi boom, fire rockets, star lights and maypole? Remember Christmas?


Take a moment this season and step into this world of yesteryear. That house with the wraparound veranda, the lattice and fretwork, huge windows in the back and front, and all enhanced by a roof made of interwoven fabric highlighted by lights that create a fairy tale look as the colours change. And on the inside, the intermingling of scenes of Christmas with our own culture of Jonkonnu displayed in a huge artistic mural hanging from the walls. The children will be on the inside creating their own memories of Christmas as Scotia volunteers and students of the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing arts share stories and teach them the Japanese artform of origami.

And parents will not be left out of the daily evening activities, as they visit with Mary on the veranda, sing carols and remembering Christmasses of old. Have fun participating in a variety of contests reading, sorrel picking, gungo picking and gift wrapping. Be there when Mary and Joseph arrive on a donkey on Tuesday December 22 and witness the arrival of the Three Wise Men a day later.

Mary's House is a space reflective of where Jesus was born and where Mary invites children to come and share their perceptions of Christmas through art. This celebration of Christmas by the Scotia Foundation is one of the numerous activities done to mark the season. They also work closely with the Salvation Army, assisting with the packing of groceries for the elderly and the less fortunate.