31 things you should know about a Trini Christmas

Trinidad 2011

  1. The local radio station, Sweet 100.1 FM, starts playing Christmas music in September.
  2. Your mother started soaking dried fruits in alcohol for black cake way before December.
  3. People start putting up Christmas lights from Divali.
  4. Creches start popping up on churchyards.
  5. Even though it’s 33 degrees Celsius outside, the malls are filled with snow, Santa Clauses, elves, and Christmas trees.
  6. The price of sorrel in the local market skyrockets.
  7. People start looking for duck and wild meat.
  8. Traffic becomes even more unbearable in town and on the highways.
  9. The pavements in POS, Sando, Chaguanas, and other towns become chock a block with vendors selling curtain rods, clothes, and cheap toys.
  10. Everyone has to pitch in when it comes to cleaning, painting the house, putting up new curtains, cutting the bush, trimming the trees, and power washing the yard.
  11. Courts has a field day with hire purchase buys on new electronics and furniture.
  12. People keep the banks happy by taking Christmas loans to enjoy the season.
  13. By mid-December, all the ham and turkey is sold out in the supermarket.
  14. Everyone suddenly becomes fluent in Spanish, singing along with paranderos.
  15. Some trek to Paramin or Lopinot just for the parang.
  16. Santa delivers toys and treats to kids from a fire engine or big truck blasting Machel Montano’s Soca Santa.
  17. Your social calendar suddenly becomes filled, with a party or lime almost every other night.
  18. Folks from foreign who you haven’t seen in years start dropping by unexpectedly.
  19. You start reminiscing about how Christmas was real nice when you were young when you hear, “Oh how I wish I were a child again.”
  20. Everyone becomes very charitable, donating food hampers and toys to orphanages, old people’s homes, and schools.
  21. There are more accidents on the road due to drunk driving over the season.
  22. The local TV stations are inundated with Hallmark Christmas movies, classics like Home Alone, and claymation favorites like Nestor, the Long-eared Christmas Donkey.
  23. When you visit someone’s house, you bring either a bottle of Peardrax or a tin of Danish cookies.
  24. You know the chorus lyrics of almost any Scrunter song.
  25. There’s a bottle of homemade ponche a crème in the fridge.
  26. You get fed up of folding pastelles in banana leaves.
  27. You still leave a plate of Crix and a glass of milk under the tree for Santa.
  28. People show their faces in church on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.
  29. You wake up to the smell of fresh baked bread and ham on Christmas morning.
  30. The Christmas tree overstays its welcome well into January/February the following year.
  31. At the end of the season, you find that you put on some pounds and you start slimming down for Carnival post-haste.

Trini Christmas is de best! Which Trini Christmas traditions did we miss? Share in the comments below!

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34 thoughts on “31 things you should know about a Trini Christmas

  1. Aww this sounds like a lovely Christmas tradition! I bet it must be so nice to celebrate in the sunshine, or would you prefer a winter climate? I’m not familiar with your traditions or songs, but they sound like a lot of fun!

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    1. I think both climates have their ups and downs when it comes to Christmas. For instance, we can go to the beach on Christmas Day if we want in T&T but then winter climates have the joy of a white Christmas!

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  2. That’s so adorable! Drunken dried fruits cake sounds yummm. Christmas loans? I haven’t heard of that! Whoa!!! Such a spending? That’s intriguing… Christmas tree stays till Feb? Whoa!!!

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  3. Beautiful traditions! Its fascinating to learn how the holidays are celebrated around the world – traditions its whta makes this time of the year so special. Wishing you a great holiday season and a wonderful 2018. – Ella

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  4. Would love to come back for Christmas in Trinidad, I was there during Carnival this year. Number 25 and 26 do not seem so bad, but yes – too much is never a good idea. I love the liming! Happy Holidays for you and your family!

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  5. This made me smile so much reading it! Love how your malls will have snow even when it’s 33 celsius outside! And also LOVE the thought of a big Santa firetruck playing Soca Santa – think we could do with that back home in the UK to get some people in the festive mood. Wishing you a wonderful festive season and new year 🙂

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  6. Ha ha…some of those points made me smile. Like how you say people show their faces in the church. That is true I think, in most places. Xmas is a good occasion to visit when you have not the rest of of the year. Some of those traditions are fun to know like the bit about Danish Cookies. Cheers

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  7. Wow, that sure does sound like a very fun Christmas celebration in Trini. I love the festive season vibes, fun decor all over with people wishing and celebrating good times. I love the idea of santa distributing gifts to all the kids in his big truck hahaha, that definitely makes me wish I was a child again.

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  8. Start playing Christmas music in September… wow that’s a good time to start for getting in the christmas mood…
    I like how detailed you describe all these lovely points that matters in some way for the big xmas time. Funny, most of them were new for me but some I can absolutely confirm like when people start looking for duck and wild meat.
    Totally true!

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  9. Sounds like a lovely Christmas, full of great food, music and family/friends. I am not sure if I could handle Christmas music from September might drive me a little cracker (no pun intended). That is so very true too that some people show their faces in church on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. I have friends that do exactly that!!!

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  10. Christmas is certainly a favorite time of year for many. I loved reading about all the Christmas traditions that you enjoy in Trinidad (except for item 21 obviously, although this is unfortunately the case everywhere these days). I would love to experience Christmas there one year. In the meanwhile, best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2018!

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  11. Haha at first when I read “Even though it’s 33 degrees Celsius outside, the malls are filled with snow, Santa Clauses, elves, and Christmas trees.” I thought “well duh, 33 degrees = freezing”! But you said celsius, so just kidding 🙂 This reminds me of Hawaii! I prefer to be somewhere cold for Christmas and then onto somewhere warm for New Years, but I guess I could live with this every once in awhile 😉

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  12. Awww this is just beautiful. Nothing like being with family and sharing traditions around festive season. While I agree with Home Alone, but never ever heard of the movie Nestor, so shall check that out. And that feeling of waking up to the smell of freshly bakes bread and ham is heavenly.

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  13. Haha christmas in Trini sounds stressful…like everywhere else in the world! Whats christmas if you dont stress like? And yes each year after christmas one yet a few kg more than one wished and with so less money in the bank. Perhaps thats the reason why we adults keeps saying “Ohh how I wish I was a kid again during christmas!”.😂🙏 Merry christmas and happy new year! It was fun reading that christmas in Trini is different but yet so similar.

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  14. A 33 degrees celsius Christmas – never experienced that before! Here in Canada, I’ve always seen a white Christmas (except the few odd years when it didn’t snow) and I can’t imagine anything else. I would love to spend the holiday season in a warm climate and Trinidad seems like a fun place to do it!

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