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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Our First Caribbean Christmas

I'm trying my hardest to get into the Christmas spirit. It's hard to believe we're getting so close to the holidays when all of the usual signs are missing. No cold weather, no shopping, no family parties. I made this little sea glass Christmas tree over the weekend to make our apartment a little more festive and I thought I'd share some purely Caribbean Christmas traditions that I'm learning to love.

Sorrel. I'm planning to make a batch of this traditional holiday juice this week. I'll take pictures of the process to share. Sorrel flowers are a deep, dark red. The juice is made by boiling the petals in water with cinnamon, cloves and fresh ginger, sweetening it up with some brown sugar and then letting it steep over night. It is so fragrant and delicious.

A LONG school holiday. In New York, we worked up to the 23rd and returned to school on the day after New Years. In Grenada, the school term ends next Friday and we will return on January 4th. I cannot wait for the break. I have a lot of hikes and  beach time to catch up on.

Parang. Parang is Christmas-themed Soca. The songs are mostly about having a good time over the holiday season whether that means drinking some rum and sorrel or wining (grinding) with Santa. My favorite Parang song is 'Santa Lookin for a Wife.' I wonder what happened to Mrs. Claus in this song...