We asked our friends to tell us about their favourite Christmas memories and traditions. Here's some of what they had to say.
I remember we had to get the house clean; it was called spring cleaning. I remember helping Mom, baking and licking the spoon and containers. Also, having class party, getting a paint pan ready to put the Christmas tree in to decorate it. Listening to RJR, playing carols and singing along. I remember getting fee fee and star lights, not to mention the food. You could eat till you couldn't eat any more. Those were the days!
- Lena Waugh
I remember when I used to live at Rock Road, Osborne Store, Clarendon. In those times, when the Christmas season coming, we used to use box drinks boxes and fold them in a unique way and decorate our flowers and willow trees. But the best part about my Christmas season was to be at Four Paths at the lighthouse where people from all over used to gather for the whole night to take pictures of this beautiful house covered with pepper lights. My stepsister and stepbrother and I used to have a slim chance of going because, if we didn't wash the dishes, tie the goats, sweep the yard and most important, fill the two drums with water, we wouldn't be able to go.
- Alix Stewart
Going to Grand Market is my best memory.
- Simone Goodup
I love everything about Christmas in Jamaica. No place like home.
- Wingy EvaBless
Cake, sorrel, gungo rice and peas, balloons, Christmas clothes.
- Denise Clarke
Spending it with my mother, father, sister and brother decorating and cooking while listening to Christmas carols.
- Shadé Swaby
I remember the cool Christmas breeze that would make you have to wear long-sleeved shirts, and make Mommy tip a little spirit in the egg nog to warm you up. I remember Grand Market in Brown's Town square and seeing friends and family we hadn't seen in ages. I remember the masquerade with Jonkanoo that made us flee quicker than you could say 'free credit'!
- Shanni Budd
Mom's black cake!
- Nicola Conduah
I remember Grand Market and Christmas cake.
- Alison Burrell
I remember getting a little pocket money to go out on Christmas Eve to buy gifts for everyone. I remember the packed streets with vendors, the busy stores, voices calling out this and that over the sound of music playing from cars and speakers, all combining to create a uniquely Jamaican festive atmosphere.
- Joleen Jesseica
I remember the rich sorrel taste! The strong taste of wine and rum in the Christmas cake and all the pleasant faces and happy moments.
- Shanieka Eva Bless Crawford
I remember Jonkonoo. I was so scared, but loved it. Grand Market, all the food, family and friends spending time together. That was the gift for the season. Loved it. Jamrock is the best.
- Karen Parker
What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
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