Christmas with Lambert Brown | ‘This Rastaman loves ham’
Senator Lambert Brown cherishes witnessing Santa Claus parading along Hope Road in St Andrew more than all other childhood Christmas memories.
The veteran trade unionist told The Gleaner yesterday that family and friends have always been at the centre of the holiday season for him.
This Christmas, however, is shaping up differently for him. Not only does the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on large gatherings in the festive spirit, but he was also still mourning his mom, who passed away earlier this year.
To carry on the Christmas tradition of spending time with family, relatives from near and far are planning virtual meet-ups to enjoy the season.
Despite the pandemic, Brown said he will also be seeking to keep alive another tradition to spread love and cheer.
“There are some people who, every Christmas, from my small pocket, I try to carry something out to country and give to them,” he told The Gleaner, emphasising that Christmas is about giving, sharing and helping each other.
Belting out a line of Mary’s Boy Child (Long Time Ago in Bethlehem), he revealed that this was his favourite Christmas carol as it captures the simplicity of Jesus being born in a manger, depicting “that Christ was for and from the people”.
Imploring everyone to abide by the COVID-19 infection control protocols, Brown said that while outings may be restricted, a lot of fun can be had in the kitchen.
“I have a nice family who loves to cook, so I am the one who enjoys the meal,” he said, beaming.
“I like curry goat. I will take some chicken and the ham. Yeah, this Rastaman loves ham,” said Brown candidly.
Gungo peas and rice, along with some sorrel, completes his ideal Christmas menu.