If you have ever been to “grand market”, who has the better grand market? There is no doubt in me saying Linstead. For the people who don’t know what that is, it is the day before Christmas where the roads are blocked in every major town by vendors selling different items. Stores are open until late, music is always playing and the streets are packed with people. That is also the time where you see the most “Jerk man” and jerk pans in a year.
When I was younger, I was excited to go to Grand Market. I anticipated the new outfits, the money and seeing my friends for the entire night. I would leave my house about 7 PM/8 PM and I wouldn’t return until it’s sunny on Christmas morning. By the time I got home, Christmas breakfast is always prepared and shared. I’m always too tired so I sleep very late and I get out of bed about 3 PM for dinner. No, I don’t prepare the food and yes, my job is to show up – stop wondering.
What do you do after Christmas dinner? Well, as a child, I would go to the skating ring (Skateland) with my friends and cousins. After high school, if I wasn’t at a party, I would be at home sleeping. Last year after dinner, I went to bed and I feel the same thing is going to happen this year, especially with COVID-19.
Another old tradition that I miss is the “watch night” service on New Year’s Eve. I find it crazy that some people go to watch night service and leave to go to new year’s eve party after. It’s the switch up for *insert laugh*. I haven’t been to a watch night service in years but that is a tradition that I miss. Back then, I would go to church but I would hang out with my friends on the outside instead of being inside with my grandmother.
I’m trying to think of other traditions during Christmas but I am clueless. What are some of the Christmas traditions that you miss?
Thank you for reading and I will see you tomorrow! ‘Tis the season to be jolly …