White Christmas? White sandy beaches OR snow???
Christmas in the Caribbean is a blast. The fantastic weather is just a start – the parties, food, and overall atmosphere of the islands is what makes being away from family and Canadian traditions a little easier, and Santa still manages to find me. If you’ve been to this area of the world you know first hand that everyone likes a good party, and the holidays are the perfect excuse!
For the past three Christmases now, soon to be four, I’ve traded in the snow for palm trees and beaches. I do love the warm weather over the holidays, however as a Canadian girl at heart, this is the ONLY time of year I miss the colder weather. In my rational head I understand that weather does not dictate the occasion, but the heart says: Snow = Christmas.
Feelings of homesickness creep up this time of year. I’m sure many people who live abroad can relate to this since quality time with family is what the holidays are truly about, at least in my opinion. Even for those who don’t live abroad – being in your mid-twenties (okay it’s getting closer to late twenties but who’s really counting) means starting your own traditions and possibly family. Sometimes making it home to see your brothers/sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles isn’t an option, and that can be hard.
The holidays are what you make it I’ve found. You can be thankful and appreciate your family and friends from a distance, Facetime/Skype make this time of year much easier.
This year I’m lucky enough to have some of my family making the trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the holidays & can’t wait for them to experience the holidays Caribbean-style!