Jamaican Christmas Customs

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Christmas in Jamaica features Gran’ Market, elaborate church services, parties with sumptuous food, community gatherings and warm interaction with friends and family. Every activity is made more significant with the sharing of gifts, the traditional Christmas pudding or cake, ham, sorrel, rum punch and eggnog, among other treats. Many Jamaicans cannot celebrate the season without adding Christmas lights to brighten freshly painted houses, whitewashed fences and trimmed hedges.

Anticipation heightens in September with the countdown to year-end, and by late November, with Christmas breeze cooling the mornings and balmy evenings, anticipation gives way to frenzied activities as almost
everyone gets ready for the holidays. By then, store fronts are decked with new stock to entice buyers and Christmas carols fill the airwaves.

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