The Christmas season in Jamaica is the most festive time of year, filled with great celebrations, special treats, entertainment, parties, festivals, and joyous gatherings of friends and family.Lots of people paint their houses and hang new curtains and decorations for Christmas. Most families spend Christmas Day at home with friends and family members.
Although the island has never seen a single snowflake and its homes do not have chimneys, Santa Claus or Father Christmas and his gifts are a huge part of Jamaican tradition, as are Christmas carols, such as Oh Holy Night and Silent Night. Some are even in a reggae version.
The traditional Jamaican Christmas meal include fresh fruits, sorrel and rum punch and meat. The Christmas Day breakfast includes ackee and saltfish, breadfruit, fried plantains, boiled bananas, freshly squeezed fruit juice and tea. Dinner is usually served in the late afternoon and this may include chicken, curry goat, stewed oxtail, rice and peas.