Caribbean Christmas

A Christmas in the Caribbean is a wonderful contrarian experience.  While it’s not cold and the usual Santa Claus outfit might be traded for red shorts and a T-shirt, there is still plenty of spirit.

Traditionally guavaberry wine is made.
Guavaberries are small tart berries, akin to a boysenberry, that blossom in the cooler months of the year.  Guvaberry wine isn’t actually “wine”.  The berries are stuffed in a bottle with rum and added spices, and ferment for a year.  It's traditionally served to carollers who serenade your home on Christmas Eve.  
 
On Christmas Day, we open our presents in the morning and then hit the beach to surf or windsurf, and then return home in time for an evening meal, which you would recognise with turkey, ham and all the fixings.  Fir Christmas trees have been imported to the islands for years but the traditional Caribbean tree is a dried century plant.  The English islands in the Caribbean also celebrate Boxing Day as a holiday on December 26th.  This is probably the wisest holiday fo the year!
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Leaving Your Mark

It’s a funny thing about visiting the Caribbean but tourists like to leave some proof they were there.  The great bars of the Caribbean are adorned with license plates, business cards, intimate apparel and visitor photos.  Graffiti too, as in writing your name, some summary of the experience and the date.  Stickers, though, are by far the most popular.  At HIHO we are happily on this bandwagon and leave our mark at our favorite bars & watering holes.  Our great friends at Sticker Mule help us by making it easy to source stickers, which we tastefully affix here and there.

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