Well, usually we spend a day running 17 rope lights from the tip of coconut palm fronds to the base and then light them -- next weekend, only this
year will be simpler, less bright DC-powered lights.
I always look forward to Christmas Eve -- that's when we have the "doppler caroling." That's where a dozen people on a flatbed truck (or
sometimes a school bus) drive around the island caroling..... but most times they are going too fast, so what we hear is: siiiiii--iii-lent
niiiiiiight HOOOOOOOOOOOOOllly niiight...
The week before, the two of us help wrap hundreds of little toys for kids, when Santa and Mrs. Clause "land" at the airport and drive around the
island giving toys. I've been Santa twice, and let me tell you, in 85 degrees F, all that Santa garb and two pillows, those are Santa suits that
were probably handled with tongs and burned after I gave them back. (ewwwwww! Santa! you stiiiink!)
Then, later on Christmas Day is the chasing of the cows, always entertaining. On this island, the traditional Christmas meal is fresh beef.
Problem is, often the beef in question has had all year running the top of the bluff, figuring out how to get through rocky outcrops and in general,
hide very well. Last year it was wisely decided to round up the two cows of choice a week early, so as to not stress them just before slaughter.
The year before, we had ham.
We will count our blessings -- not something just relegated to Christmastime -- however among those are the fact that we live in a place where it is
still allowed to wish others a Merry Christmas, hang religious icons and businesses can hang Christmas/religious decorations or not as they see fit.
Neighbor near us that lives on top of the bluff will likely light up their giant Star of David any day now.
Several churches were destroyed on 8 NOV 2008, when Hurricane Paloma smacked us; All but three are rebuilt and the remaining three are being worked
on at an accelerated pace to open prior to Christmas.
Have I used up my quota of typing "Christmas"? ha
m'darlin' and I, as well as others, usually go fishing on Boxing Day
, and if
successful, a neighborhood feeding will ensue the next day. It is also lobster season right now.
Fireworks are traditional for this time of year, all the way through New Years Day, and I have a great fondness for blowing things up, particularly
launched fireworks. Operant words on the fireworks packages: "Adult Supervision!" and "1000g payload" and the ever-popular "Warning!