These memories just bring back the vibes that were in the "air" during those times like my nuclear family traditions, the Jamaican/Reggae Christmas music playing on the radio, smell of food cooking for Christmas dinner, specific drinks and just the overall happiness, joy and excitement that was felt and seen all around during this time of year.
I especially remember my Mother always making roast beef where she would cut holes all over the beef and inject her seasoning blend of fresh garlic, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper etc. The aroma that filled the house was mmmmmmm so good and the meal was always mouth watering delicious.
I remember crates of 'irated water' (as my mom calls soda) with various flavors at home. They were the popular Jamaican brand D&G, back in then the soda bottles were tall and resembled the classic Coca-Cola bottles. I could drink as many and as often as I wanted. This only happened at this time of year though we didn't really drink soda during the year only a once in a while for a treat.
As with all cultures, each family/individual has their own unique traditions within a cultural unit, however there are some common constants that I will share about a typical Jamaican Christmas.
Below is a list of the common constants for a "Jamaican Christmas"
1. Classic Reggae Christmas Songs such as...
Let the Christmas catch you in a Good Mood
The Joe Gibbs
Little Drummer Boy
2. Jamaican Christmas (Fruit/rum) Cake
3. Sorrel Drink Jamaican Style
Sorrel Drink Recipe
4. Squeaky Clean House, New Curtains etc.
5. Everybody exchanging Christmas and 'Compliments of the Season' Greetings.
6. People reminiscing about Christmas time when they were growing up:
Happy Holidays to you and Yours!!