It’s not easy to be thousands of miles away from my family on this day. While we did celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s not a Caribbean holiday or tradition. Christmas on the other hand, is celebrated big time on the islands and my parents brought their traditions with them to America.
It wasn’t really about the presents. However, I did flip out the year when one of my gifts was an Easy Bake Oven from “Santa” ( those cakes were gross but my family pretended to like them). It was the decorating, the food, the music, and having our entertaining extended family over that made Christmas so fun and memorable.
Every year we went to midnight service. Every year after church we would plead with our parents to start the tradition of opening one gift before bed. Every year they said, “no.” They were very consistent.
I won’t be in the Caribbean today saying, “compliments of the season” but I will be there in spirit. Here are few of my favorite Christmas songs.
As a kid I watched this special on CBS every Christmas. One of the best Christmas (and jazz) albums ever.
It wasn’t Christmas in our home until my dad busted out his Nat King Cole album.
Love this rendition of Mariah’s song, with the Roots and jimmy Kimmel. The kids are too cute!
Does anyone else remember the group The Waitresses? This came out in 1981.
Kirland and Baryhnikov, another yearly staple back in the day, on PBS. So weird that he’s better known now for being the uptight Russian dude Carrie dated during the last season of SATC.
A Motown classic from my first crush.
Donny Hathaway. That voice. He died way too soon.
This falls under melancholy Christmas songs. Perhaps I shouldn’t have listened to it this year.