‘It’s a countdown to Christmas! This month, we’re celebrating all the wonderful things that make Christmas in JAMAICA NICE! Follow us on social media @TACJamaica for fun, facts, and challenges all December. What’s your favourite part of Christmas in Jamaica?
There’s a chill in the air…
What’s the first sign of the festive season? Chrismus Breeze! For Jamaica’s tropical marine climate, the end of the year brings cooler temperatures on the North East trade winds.
Dry and rainy seasons run from February to June and June to November, respectively. December through February are the coolest months of the year and are recognized as ‘the best time’ to visit Jamaica. With hurricane season ended, clear blue skies and calm seas accompany the pleasant breeze. For many Jamaicans, a trip to the beach is part of their yearly Christmas traditions.
The winter tourist season begins December 15 and the island welcome travellers from all over the world; some are vacationers eager to experience all Jamaica has to offer, while many are returning home from time abroad.
More pleasant weather brings about other markers of the season, such as the white Euphorbia and Poinsettia.
Ever wonder why Poinsettias are associated with Christmas? Its shape has made it known as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem. In Mexico, they’re referred to as ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’. Poinsettias exist in many colours, including pink and cream, but the red variety is the most popular. Be careful not to overwater your plant, Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water!
But there’s another red flower that Jamaicans hold dear at Christmas time…
What would a Jamaican Christmas be without a refreshing glass of that ruby-red, spicy Sorrel? The Sorrel plant is a species of Hibiscus and though available year-round, it is most abundant this time of year. Sorrel’s tart flavour makes it perfect for all sorts of desserts and treats including jams, ice cream, and tea. But the most ubiquitous form is as the Christmas beverage; perfect for pairing with delicious Gungo Peas and Rice, Glazed Ham or Roast Chicken, and rich Christmas Cake.
Add Ginger, Pimento, Cinnamon, even milk! How do you spice up your sorrel?
Studies have found Roselle Jamaican Sorrel to possess significant health and nutritional benefits for issues including hypertension, diabetes, and depression. There is opportunity in the market for export of dried sorrel and sorrel products; particularly appealing to Jamaicans abroad.
These are but a few of the things that make Christmas in JAMAICA merry and bright!
How will you be celebrating this year?
Don’t forget to follow @TACJamaica for the month of December as we #CountdownToChristmas