Hey…14 more days until Christmas!!! Are you ready? Well let me tell you a secret, I haven’t bought even wrapping paper…work is crazy and I have writing deadlines…BUT yep there is a BUT, come Christmas day,my family would be happy. I’m not stressing mama going to work it out somehow.
I hope you have been enjoying my friends. Well today allow me to introduce Theresa A. Campbell. I’ve met so many kind, fabulous people on my journey and she is one of them…enjoy
Many Moons Ago, December 24th, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies
As I stood in front of the small dresser mirror that night, applying a final touch to my
hair, tweaking the front a little to one side, and fluffing up the top for a higher puff, there was a wide grin on my face. My heart danced happily in my chest in anticipation. It was Grand Market night!
Finally finished dressing, I gave myself another quick rundown from head to toe– from the short, greasy, Jheri Curl hair with faded sides, to the Vaseline shiny lips. Next was the bright,“shocking” color orange and black pants suit that I picked up from the seamstress that evening: a short-sleeved top, with the matching pants that were small at the waist, flared out at the hip and small at the ankle. The look was complete with my black patent shoes. I was ready to hit the road, and I dare anyone to tell me I wasn’t the bomb! LOL.
Moments later I arrived in the Square and connected with my friends. It was time to get the Christmas celebration started! Young and old, man and woman, boys and girls, there were people everywhere. Booming Reggae music bellowed from big speaker boxes as merry hips, waists and feet moved to the beat. Loud laughter and animated chatter permeated the air. Our noses were tickled by the sweet smelling aroma from the well seasoned jerk chicken in the large pans with thick puffs of smoke, the mannish water (goat head) soup, roasted and boiled corns, and other delicious Jamaican food. It was a very festive night with all neighboring communities coming together to have a good time.
The next day was Christmas Day. It was quiet and relaxing in comparison to the night before, with soothing Christmas carols playing on the radio, and our grandfather reminding my brother, cousin and me of the true meaning of the day; it was Jesus’ birthday.
So even though it has been a long since I celebrated Christmas in Jamaica, I still reminisce on some of those happy memories from my childhood as I now create new ones filled with love, joy and laughter with my loved ones. But most importantly I never forget the reason for the season: Our Lord was born! Joy to the world indeed!
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday,
Theresa A. Campbell
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