Christmas comes but once a year, spreading joys of good cheer. From the rum cakes baking in the oven, to the sweet sorrel on chill in the fridge, the revellers ready for mass, the bands jamming through the streets, the overjoyed children eager for gifts and excited to decorate the Christmas trees, the schools and churches with their Christmas programs, the towns lit in amazement with pretty bright colours, family and friends coming together for a big great feast, are bits and pieces to complete the puzzle of Christmas in both countries.
It is a fundamental fact that our Christmas here is very unique. We happen to be the only Caribbean island that celebrates the Christmas season with a blend of carnival festivities, cultural displays and our African heritage. For the past 40 years, thousands of nationals and tourists alike, have flocked Sugar City to party and soak up all the fun. Carnival has a huge impact on tourism. Concerts, fetes and street parties around this time are all very successful, given the huge influx of locals and tourists for the season. In fact, this is our busiest time of the year.
Even though we all know SKN people love them belly….Christmas lunch is not the main reason why we love Christmas! It is a time when families come together preparing various dishes, enjoying each other’s company and drinking merrily until the wee hours of the morning. For those who celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ, it is a time to reflect and celebrate the first coming of Jesus.
A Christmas here is not complete without the sweet sorrel and the ever so potent rum cake. A slice of cake and a sip of sorrel with some good music turns any yard into a dance floor.
Naughty or nice the above listed are a few things to encourage you to Experience a St. Kitts and Nevis Christmas heartily. If you are not here, ensure you make it next year!
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