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Caribbean Christmas. Oh, the memories!

In Caribbean interest, Grenada on January 2, 2009 at 5:18 am

I was sitting one day pondering Christmas in my homeland Grenada. The more I thought about it, the more I missed spending Christmas there. It’s reason No. 202 why I miss the island. There are memories of cleaning every part of the house, sanding and applying new coats of stain to wood furniture, putting up new curtains and fresh sheets on the beds.

I remember waking up Christmas mornings to the smell of fried ham and freshly squeezed cow or goat milk with homemade bread. One of the most exciting times for me was unwrapping gifts followed by playtime with family and neighborhood friends.

And of course, there was the Christmas dinner – a smorgasbord of more ham, macaroni pie, rice and peas, salad, vegetables, sorrel, and ginger beer made from scratch or fresh fruit juice.

Oh, and how dare I forget the homemade cakes like the proverbial black cake. I remember toward the end of the holiday, we’d go from house to house, sampling cakes and other desserts prepared by nearby relatives and friends.

If my memory serves me correct, those were the days when I had my first sips of strong drinks, if you know what I mean. LOL. Man oh man, those were some fun times. I miss them dearly. – MP

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  1. hmm black cake love the reference lol even though I am not from west indian decent Growing up i can relate to a simple life smells and scents of food,memories of holiday rituals, that a good feeling on holidays once again you manage to put me the reader there with you,connect with you and apart of that memory I truly miss those times damn so true so true……JF

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