My adventures living on a Caribbean island. Welcome to my monthly, or not so monthly adventures. We try not to commit too soon here on island :-)
First Impression #2:
After living on island for over a year, I've discovered that Christmas is a little different here than it is on the mainland. On St. Croix, Christmas is focused on People, Parties, and Presents.
There are a few traditions that aren't as popular here. For example, Christmas lights. Very few homes bear any Christmas lights at all. My guess is that this is due to the WAPA bills. WAPA is the electric company here and a big issue for everyone. For my husband and I, our WAPA bills have run $300-$500 a month. Remember, we don't need to heat the houses here either. So my guess is, Christmas lights are not a priority because of cost.
On the other hand, people on the island highly prize each other at this time of year. Christmas parties abound, mostly potlucks. Getting together is the reason for the season. I'm guessing that presents are also important because the K-Mart parking lots (we have two) are completely full, 7 days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Lesson #2: Island Life means I can't take the Christmas tree down until mid January, and I should plan to celebrate the season with as many people as possible. I will do my best to keep up with the crowd :-)
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