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Explore the Jamaican Christmas on diGJamaica

Published:Friday | December 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

CHRISTMAS IS celebrated in every nook and cranny of the world in one shape or another, but there is something special about a local Christmas that pulls every Jamaican from the diaspora back to the soil, and even some other visitors who seek relief from colder climes.

It's hard to pin down what is the pull factor that Jamaica has around this special time, is it the food, the consistently warm weather (Christmas breeze aside), the fiery social scene or just the thought of home?

Truth be told, it is one and all of these things at the same time and, through its latest addition, the blog, is highlighting every aspect of the quintessential Jamaican Christmas, from sorrel and Jonkunnu to Pantomime and pudding, we have even thrown a little Sting in there for good measure.

Anything and everything that makes the holiday special for Jamaicans will be posted every day until Christmas Day. Get interesting facts on age-old traditions and 'diG' deeper into customs that have been handed down from generation to generation.

Right now, visit the blog to learn of the Christmas wonders of sorrel. Did you know that there are more than 300 varieties of sorrel around the world and that in Jamaica there are three different types, including a variation with white and green buds? Did you know that sorrel can also be enjoyed as a jelly, tea, chutney, and even ice cream?

The possibilities are truly endless. For the more mature digger, enjoy our entries on Pantomime and Jonkunnu, and take a walk down memory lane just for the sake of it. There is so much more in store on blog, so take your time and explore this new addition to the diGJamaica movement!