ANSWER: Ho ho ho! (lol). We don't have houses with chimneys here, but yes, we have Santa Claus.
Bear in mind, by the way, that our customs were highly influenced by Europe (Britain in particular) and increasingly now, the USA, so practices there were and in some cases, still, observed here.
What is Santa called in Jamaica?
ANSWER: Historically, we say Faada Chrismus (Father Chrismus)
What do Jamaicans do on Christmas Eve?
ANSWER: Typically, by Christmas Eve, all decorations are up! But it is the last opportunity to 'Get Christmas right', which means..... shopping.
Grand Market, as it is called, goes back into the wee hours of the (next) morning, which is Christmas day!
What is Jonkonnu in Jamaica?
ANSWER: Jonkonnu (a fusion of African and European folk plays) is a band of masqueraders that historically appear in towns and villages during Christmastime.
The essence of it is music, dance and weird costumes. It is not practiced as is was in Jamaica's past. If it is today, it is for special occasions.
How do they say Merry Christmas in Jamaica?
ANSWER: Simple, 'Merry Chrismus'!
Do they have Christmas trees in Jamaica? ANSWER: Oh yes, we do! It is a critical element of Christmas celebrations. Most of what you'll see around are the imported ones, but we also have locally grown.
By the way, on that note of Christmas tree. There is a local flower, beautifully bloomed (only at Christmas) that we also call Chrismus Tree.
How hot is Jamaica in December during Christmas time?
ANSWER: The daily high (on average) temperature for Jamaica in December is 83.1 degrees Fahrenheit, or 28.39 degrees Celsius. December and January are considered the 'coolest' - in Jamaican terms :-). Read more on How Hot Is Jamaica - By Month?
What is served at a traditional Christmas dinner??
ANSWER: In the past, ham was the favourite, typically cured. 'Christmas beef' or a specially raised chicken featured the day. Turkey is becoming more popular though.
But for the significant majority of us, it is any of, or combination of; curried goat, baked chicken, escoveitched fish, fried chicken, blue draws, gungo peas and rice (for sure), and of course, the sorrel drink.
Are there any animals associated with the Christmas holiday in Jamaica?
ANSWER: Not really. I can't think of one really. If there is one though, it is probably the donkey.
And that is only because of its importance in biblical teaches on Christianity. The Donkey was used to carry Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem where Christ was born. You might actually run into one at a dramatization of the nativity scene.
By the way, if you need a bit of inspiration to get into the Christmas vibe, here are some excellent Jamaican Christmas music. Enjoy!
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