Christmas in Jamaica
Jamaica is a primarily Christian island and one of the most important holidays in Christianity is Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is celebrated in winter so you would expect cold temperatures and snow but that is not the case in Jamaica. As you can see Jamaica is a tropical island and while North America experiences four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Jamaica experiences none of those seasons. It can be rightly said we only experience two: A dry season and a wet season. Granted during spring and summer the temperature is bit warmer and during autumn and winter the temperature is a bit cooler but we don’t experience anything else apart from slight changes in temperature and slight breeze during what you call fall and winter. We don’t experience leaves changing color, snow or anything like that. I am writing this article in November and outside still looks the same as it would during August and the weather does not change in any significant way between now and Christmas.
However during the Christmas season our heart and attitude does change for the better as we do tend to be more affectionate as we gear up for the holiday. While it is only still November people are still preparing for this holiday occasion. By the end of November and by the beginning of the December Christmas decoration will go up and will closely resemble the Christmas decorations that you who are reading this will put up. Mothers and grandmothers are planning their Christmas dinners, children are choosing what they want for Christmas, parents are choosing what they plan to give their children on Christmas, families are planning vacations to either hotels or overseas to visit families, and of course businesses are planning on how to make a lot of money from this Christmas season and there are sure to a lot of hustle and bustle leading up to this holiday.
You may want to visit Jamaica to escape the cold climate of your country, or to visit family and friends, or you may just want to visit because you have always wanted to come for a long time and this may be a convenient time to visit, but regardless of the reason why you may want to come to Jamaica there are several places of interest and a lot a lot of good hotels to stay in. There are several attractions scattered all through Jamaica including beaches, restaurants, landmarks, craft shops, and many more and there won’t be any snow to hinder your movements. This makes it easy for you to spend the days leading up to Christmas exploring Jamaica and preparing for this special holiday.
During this holiday season there will be a lot of events, and for reason or another, either individually or together as a family, to visit Jamaica. During the Christmas season there are a lot of parties that young people tend to go to during their holiday break and since we only have two seasons you don’t have to worry about it being extremely cold or it snowing, the only thing that may ruin the day is rain. At these parties you can expect to have a lot of fun as you let loose and relieve your pent up stress that has built up for several months. For someone who may be looking forward to a more relaxing experience, you can be sure to find more mellow events to attend, maybe a visit to the theatre or some fund raiser, but regardless of what kind of event you plan to go to, either a party or a fundraiser you are guaranteed have fun.
On Christmas morning children will wake up to the smell of Christmas dinner being prepared and rush to the living room to open up their presents to see what they got for Christmas. After saying thanks for what they got they will play with whatever they got until they are told to get ready for Christmas dinner, which is normally in the evening, as guests will be arriving soon. A traditional Christmas Dinner has to have Ham, rice and peas, sorrel and fruit cake. Without any of those you aren’t doing your Christmas dinner right. After everyone one has had their dinner they will go the living room and enjoy the company of each other, telling jokes and stories, playing games, singing Christmas carols and watching T.V. This will continue until late in the night, when guests decide it time to go home. The Christmas season however officially ends on the 26th of December, which is Boxing Day, where families are encouraged to give away their leftover food to the less fortunate in a giving spirit.
All in all Christmas in Jamaica is just like Christmas anywhere else, a time when people have a more peaceable attitude and when family and friends have a good time and grow closer to each other. The only difference between your Christmas and our Christmas is the weather and a few cultural practices.