Christmas Dung A Yard (Christmas Down in Jamaica) - The Poem

by My-Island-Jamaica.com
(Jamaica)

Karena Gayle Karena Gayle reciting Christmus Dung A Yaad

Karena Gayle Karena Gayle reciting Christmus Dung A Yaad

Karena Gayle Karena Gayle reciting Christmus Dung A Yaad
Karena Gayle reciting Christmas dung a Yaad
Karena Gayle reciting Chrismus Dung A Yaad

...as recited by Karena Gayle (My Daughter) today December 18, 2011, her birthday, at church. We hope you like it.




Hoo-much a oonu miss Crismus dung a Yaad?
Wi always had fun even dowe tings maybi hawd
Wi nyam up de chicken, rice an peas, an jink rum
Den siddung undah di ackee tree an eat hog plum

Den boxin' nite de pawty stawt
An yuh out deh a jam, even if yuh cyaan dawnce to fawt!
Yes, Crismus dung a yawd is fi evrywan
Nobaddy look dung pan yuh, no cya how yuh tan

An how bout de duck-bread an sorrell wine
An de reggae music weh mek you twiss yuh waise line
An chawklit tea, an fry dumplin
Mek yuh lick yuh lip an do de "wata pumpin"

Wa bout gran mawkit, pickney a blow fee-fee
An all ova de place peeple a drink cawfi tea
Maas Joe dung de lane a goh kill wan fowl
Weh him raise fi two year, bway de fowl ole!

Wa bout when yuh bade from 6 a mawnin
An put awn yuh Crismus bes fi guh do some spriminawin
Den layta inna di day yuh wait pan fudgie till yuh weak
Fi get yuh grapenut ice-cream an lick di cone clean-clean

Laytar on yuh guh a cricket match an seh yuh a watch di game
Only fi buk up pan yuh fren dem an oonu run roun like oonu
insane
Bwoy, Crismus a yawd did really nice fi true
Now yuh deh a farrin yuh siddung inna yuh house till yuh blue

Yes Crismus dung a yaad is a very speshal time
Yuh can always have fun an run joke all de time
Mi reely miss de haliday dung a yawd
Nex ere mi a goh home no cya how time hawd!


Merry Christmas from J-A-M-A-I-C-A!

Reference: http://www.jamaicans.com/culture/christmas/christmas_yaad.shtml

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Dec 18, 2013
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Christmas Dung a Yard NEW
by: Flava J

It is great. Unlike those who don't remember cristmus dung a yard...it s still irie....mi sey so

Dec 17, 2013
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by: Angela Dunkley

Love it! I wasn't fortunate to remember what Christmas was like in Jamaican because i left pretty young and never went back during Christmas time. So this poem just highlight what it really means to celebrate Christmas in Jamaica. I love it. Thank God for such a beautiful Island and people. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dec 17, 2013
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by: Angela Dunkley

Love it! I wasn't fortunate to remember what Christmas was like in Jamaican because i left pretty young and never went back during Christmas time. So this poem just highlight what it really means to celebrate Christmas in Jamaica. I love it. Thank God for such a beautiful Island and people. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Dec 17, 2013
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Comment on the Christmas Poem NEW
by: Anonymous

Love it! I wasn't fortunate to remember what Christmas was like in Jamaican because i left pretty young and never went back during Christmas time. So this poem just highlight what it really means to celebrate Christmas in Jamaica. I love it. Thank God for such a beautiful Island and people. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Dec 17, 2013
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Christmas dung a yard sweet fi chue NEW
by: Karen

you do such a great job with this magazine and I really like the poem. You're right, Christmas outside of Ja is not as sweet. Missing yard especially around this time of year.
God bless us all to enjoy another sweet yard-Christmas sometime.

Dec 30, 2012
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FI REAL NEW
by: Anonymous

oh boy she really know what she is saying cause i did not come home for Christmas and trust me I'm bored to death

Dec 28, 2012
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jamaica nice NEW
by: tawanda

lovvly what an angle blessed , wise and smart, my thy lord increase inna ur family here in botswana we enjoyed too

Dec 22, 2012
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Super Star! NEW
by: Guinevere

What a beautiful little Princess! And she looks so confident! You have a star in the making my friend! Now we will all be able to say, "we knew her when..."

Keep singing little Star! It makes everyone smile!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2012
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Thank you and Merry Christmas To You and Yours! God's Blessings! NEW
by: Harriet

Thank you for sharing the poem! It was lovely! Someday I pray to spend a christmas in Jamaica! My family and friends told me how beautiful it is at Christmas in Jamaica! I wish everyone the best Christmas ever! May the Lord bless and keep everyone safe! I wish you all a Happy,Safe,Healthy and Properous New Year also! Be Blessed one and all!

Dec 21, 2012
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The Poem NEW
by: missdja

Wonderful poem....and it helps me with my patois!!!
Thank you for sharing this and Ive posted it on my FB page I love it so much.

I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and successful New Year.
One Love,
Janet

Nov 10, 2012
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Dung a yard NEW
by: Anonymous

Beautiful poem,that is what i remember as a child growing up in jamaica.Cannot wait to relive some of that jamaica christmas dung a yard.

Dec 31, 2011
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Christmas in Jamaica
by: mumtofourhearts

Love this poem.

I agree christmas in jamaica is the best time I ever had, I remember when all my children from America, and England came and stayed with me, I would love to repeat this again.

Happy new Year to you and your beautiful family.

Dec 28, 2011
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Christmas Dung A YARD
by: sandrea

TRUST mi!!this brings back so much memories,next year 'naw miss mi' well done .. my island Jamaica.

Dec 28, 2011
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Christmas Dung A Yard
by: Marcia

Da Poem bad fi true. A same so it go. She is my pud....the say the sumthing fi real.

Dec 25, 2011
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Excellent
by: Delrene

This poem captures what Christmas is all about....I love it!!! Me seh wata come a yeye as me reading it. Miss the good ole time Christmas of my childhood back a yaad. I am sure your daughter brought the "house down.."....Miss Lou in the making..Continue to encourage her to embrace her culture. Thanks for sharing this.

P.S. You know well about sitting down in de house a farin cause it "cowl" to rahtid. One Love.

Dec 24, 2011
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Great Jamaican memories
by: Jaynia

I love the way the poem captures many of our cultural practices "fi di Chrismus'! It's a wonderful poem. Would love the permission to recite it for an audience. Thanks and a " Boonoonoonus" Christmas to you all at My Island Jamaica.com (as Ms Lou would say).

Webmaster:
Sure Jaynia, please go ahead, we'd appreciate if you cite the site though, just let them know you got it here :-) Merry Christmas to you too my friend.

Dec 24, 2011
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Cultural Excitement
by: Lionel Gayle

I can just imagine how her audience got excited as she performed this poem. In real yard style, these verses capture and reflect the cultural excitement in celebrating Christmas in Jamaica, especially in the rural areas. Many people in the diaspora, I believe, are touched by story portrayed by these humorous verses and are, perhaps, planning to catch the vibe next year Christmas and thereafter. Truly, this poem reflects the beauty of culture.

Dec 24, 2011
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"Christmas Dung A Yard"
by: Terri

Beautiful poem. And her outfit was really cute.

Dec 24, 2011
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christmas dung a yard!
by: Anonymous

Mi miss chrimus a yard real bad..love di poem!!

Dec 19, 2011
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Wonderful memories are flooding back of christmases spent in JA, xxx
by: Kerry Maria Lawson

Wonderful memories are flooding back of Christmases I spent in J.A x

Dec 19, 2011
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poem
by: Anonymous

cute

Dec 18, 2011
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Christmas captured
by: JohnBlenkiron

All the little things that capture Christmas in Jamaica are in this poem. Very cute!

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