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Christmas in the Caribbean

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Christmas in the Caribbean is not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is also a festival of sorts.

 

In the Caribbean, people of all religions and those with no religion at all become involved in Christmas activities which include gift-giving, feasting, Christmas cards, Christmas music, the masquerade in its various forms, and others.

 

However, Christmas is widely celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike as a holiday with non-religious aspects. Some of the secular activities associated with Christmas are quite charming and have become extremely popular all over the world.

 

Once a year painting and thorough cleaning is always top priority at Christmas.

 

Costumed characters and masquerade bands are a common sight on the streets of towns and villages at this time too.

 

We send Christmas Cards to each other and to relatives and friends around the world.

 

The Christmas music that is mainly played at this time is mainly religious and folk.

 

Christmas Radio and Television have a tremendous impact in the Caribbean commercially as they start to promote goods and services starting as early as October.

 

Boxing Day is treated as an extension of the Christmas holidays.

 

Gift-giving is a tradition among all send or take gifts to relatives, friends, business associates, and the needy are never left.

 

The fact is that no one celebrates Christmas with more excitement than the folks in the Caribbean as this holiday is a time for fun, family and lots of food.

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Would like to hear your take on Christmas in the Caribbean…..

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