#COVID19Chronicles-262: December 26, 2020-Boxed-in Day

Differences between Christmas traditions are always of interest. Today, ‘Boxing Day’, is one that marks the UK apart from the USA; it exists in the former and its former colonies, but not in the USA. The BBC points to some of the linguistic ones. But, several differences are also there, elsewhere in the ‘English-speaking’ world. While I’m often uttering “Chrimbo” in Jamaica, I know from the blank reactions that my listener often has no idea what I mean.

Christmas dinner with friends, included apple pie and ambrosia pudding 🙂 Festive wear yesterday and ‘ugly’ sweater today 🙂

I’m not going to discuss much about these differences; you can check them, if you wish. All I’ll do is focus on today as a day when the English football fixture list is full, and it would be so even if this were not a Saturday, because the tradition is to start the Christmas/New Year period with a lot of games. In past years, Boxing Day results often reflected some bizarre outcomes that suggested too much enjoyment on Christmas Days.

Teams are now more focused on nutrition and restraint during holidays, and many players will be curbing the eating and drinking.

So, I’m in front of the ‘gogglebox’ (less boxy these days, as the flat screen era rules). I should have some mince pies to had to go with my hot drink, but I’ll accept some black Jamaican Christmas cake/pudding 🙂

I’ve donned my ‘ugly’ Christmas sweater, at least for a while. It’s cool enough here in the tropics–23C/73F.

I should also have Christmas dinner left overs to keep me happy for the day. Normally, that would be slices of ham and turkey. But, I have none from the dinner I had with friends, yesterday, but I know I have other tasty leftovers in the fridge.

So, while most Americans will not have this day as a holiday, and do not celebrate Christmas as a season, I’ll get into the swing of another day of lolling around.

Many are already headed to another traditional activity–Christmas sales. That, too, is far from my interests, and in #COVID19Life times, I’ll be interested in how that goes.

So, feet up. Head back. Stomach in…if possible. Enjoy the day!

#COVID19Chronicles-225: November 20, 2020: Christmas is coming; stay home and celebrate in new ways

Minister of health and wellness, Dr. Chris Tufton, and his team brought us up to date in the weekly ‘COVID conversations’ last night and outlined suggested ways to have a Christmas holiday that is still in keeping with our cultural norms—togetherness and mingling—but safe in terms of minimizing COVID risks. Think about creating new traditions that enshrine the measures that have been in place for months, they suggested (some specific ideas are in the Twitter thread below, which also includes a recording of the broadcast.

The team also addressed recent PAHO advice that quarantine of international travellers may not be needed. But, the chief medical officer noted that such an approach depends on each country’s capacity to manage the inflow of travellers and how well the originating countries are managing the virus:

In Jamaica’s case, with the vast majority of tourists coming from the USA, where the virus has spiralled out of control in recent months, it’s unlikely that Jamaica will risk the gains it has so far achieved by risking a ‘no quarantine’ policy.

Meanwhile, some in the business community want curfew relaxed to 11pm.m in the lead up to Christmas.

Twelve Jamaican days of Christmas: Twelve

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me twelve Rasta drummers…eleven pineapples standing…ten ‘lawd have mercy’…nine Nine night dancers…eight mateys tempting 🤔 …seven shameplants swaying..six geezers playing…five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten…two fried dumplings​…and a chicken patty with curry gravy.

Twelve Jamaican days of Christmas: Eleven

On th eleventh day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me, eleven pineapples standing…
…ten ‘lawd have mercy’…nine Nine night dancers…eight mateys tempting 🤔 …seven shameplants swaying..six geezers playing…five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten…two fried dumplings​…and a chicken patty with curry gravy.

Twelve Jamaican days of Christmas: Ten

On the tenth day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me, ten ‘lawd have mercy’…

…nine Nine night dancers…eight mateys tempting 🤔 …seven shameplants swaying..six geezers playing…five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten…two fried dumplings​…and a chicken patty with curry gravy.

Twelve Jamaican days of Christmas: Seven

On the seventh day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me, seven shameplants swaying…

Mimosa pudica
https://youtu.be/lpr8z-fXsSQ

…six geezers playing…five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten…two fried dumplings…and a chicken patty with curry gravy.

Twelve Jamaican days of Christmas: Six

On the sixth day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me six geezers playing…

When you’re in your 80s you polka hard 🙂
I’m still articulate enough to not be a minority

five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten, two fried dumplings, and a chicken patty with curry gravy.

Twelve Jamaican days of Christmas: Five

On the fifth day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me: five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten, two fried dumplings, and a chicken patty with curry gravy…