Merry Christmas The Bajan Way

Submitted by The Scout


There is always something special about this time of the year. Even for those who do not believe in Christmas still will have that feeling of giving and friendship. I remember, as a young boy, they were many little things each of us were designated to do be it scrub the floor, weed the yard, catch that special cock to purge for a week before it is killed, even bring marl to spread around the house for a “White Christmas” – making our own decorations from crape paper and post cards.

A few day before Christmas was time to cut a piece of “mile” tree or cherry tree to be our Christmas tree, the decorations were all handmade. Then that time for the tar ham or salted ham that was strung up in the house for months to come down and start boiling or baking. The smell of coconut bread and pound cake, and great cake, would lick you down as you walk through the village.

Christmas Eve was extra special for that was the time for carolling throughout the village, and households looked out for us and they would have eats and drinks prepared for us as we moved around the village. However, our activity had to come to an end for us to prepare for either mid-night mass or 5AM service. After service is visiting time to friends’ houses for a lime and eats again then home for that special Christmas lunch – green peas and rice, doved peas, jug-jug, pork, chicken (yard-fowl) and red juicy mixed with coconut water. By the time we were finished our little bellies were popping.

This time of the year was special and seemed to take too long to come now if you sleep too long you would have missed a Christmas season as people prepare for another. Oh for the lovely times we used to have, times of sharing and giving and generally having a true family life within the entire village. Our young ones are missing that special warmth that we made as children, commercialism as taken over the season and many people overextend themselves . It is time to return to the joy of Christmas. Live within our means at this time of year and we would be able to once more enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.

To one and all, especially those who “cussed” me through the year, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, just enjoy the season and remember those less fortunate than ourselves and help them to enjoy the season too. Merry Christmas or Seasons Greetings and may 2012 be the year where good health be yours and your family.

119 thoughts on “Merry Christmas The Bajan Way

  1. Just exactly why is Santa Clause such a jolly, happy soul? Well, here’s a hint; it’s not just from overindulgence in Mrs. Clause’s rum filled egg nog or poncha crema.

    Apparently around Christmas time Santa also likes to snack on some red and white mushrooms with certain, er…. “magical” properties.

    Santa Claus the Magic Mushroom
    Have you ever wondered why on Christmas we cut down/carry evergreen trees inside our houses, decorate them with fancy ornaments, and place presents underneath them?

    “So, why do people bring Pine trees into their houses at the Winter Solstice, placing brightly colored (Red and White) packages under their boughs, as gifts to show their love for each other and as representations of the love of God and the gift of his Sons life? It is because, underneath the Pine bough is the exact location where one would find this ‘Most Sacred’ Substance, the Amanita muscaria, in the wild.” –James Arthur, “Mushrooms and Mankind” (8)

    The Amanita muscaria is the red and white magic mushroom that grows almost exclusively beneath Pine trees. Their main psychoactive ingredient is ‘muscimol,’ as well as trace amount of DMT, an entheogen naturally produced in the brain’s pineal gland. The pinecone-shaped pine-al gland is an organ that produces the same DMT found in this pine tree fungus, and much more.


    “The Pine tree is one of the well-known central relics of Christmas. Under this tree is where those who are deemed good find their reward in the form of a present. A big red and white rounded mushroom grows under the very tree we are to look under on Christmas morning to find our gift.” –James Arthur, “Mushrooms and Mankind” (6)


    To this day Siberian shamans dress in ceremonial red and white fur-trimmed jackets to gather the magic mushrooms. First they pick and place the mushrooms to partially dry on nearby pine boughs which prepares them for ingestion and makes the load lighter. This is why we decorate our Christmas trees with ornaments and bulbs, because the gatherers would always adorn trees with drying mushrooms. Next the shaman collects his red and white presents in a sack and proceeds to travel from house to house delivering them. During Siberian winters, the snow piles up past the doors of their yurts (huts), so the red and white clad shaman must climb down the smoke-hole (chimney) to deliver the presents in his sack. Finally the appreciative villagers string the mushrooms up or put them in stockings hung affront the fire to dry. When they awake in the morning, their presents from under the pine tree are all dried and ready to eat.

    Santa would be well advised when traveling through US airspace to be on the lookout for DEA agents. If they happen to become suspicious they might want to search his sleigh and no doubt they will have some questions about that mysterious vegetable matter apparently hidden in the bottom of the sack piled high with toys. 🙂

  2. BARBADOS IS A BLESSED COUNTRY ! I went to B’Town on Christmas Eve; a former student, 11 years of age, got up in the bus and gave me his seat. Old age, geriatric looks or whatever, on my part, I felt honoured that I have made the difference and have the respect of, at least, one 11 year-old young man. I was in Holetown yesterday. I saw Opposition Leader/Former P.M., O.S. Arthur and his younger daughter shopping. No body-guards, no security men. They had to get in the queue like everybody else to pay for their purchases. WE ARE STILL A PEACEFUL COUNTRY ! Our politicians can still walk around without fear of injury, insults or harassment. PEACE ON BARBADOS AND MERCY MILD, GOD BLESS EVERY POLITICIAN, MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD !!

    • The materialistic approach by global societies is reflected in the following story.

      New Air Jordans still incite shopper violence 9 years after player’s retirement
      By Michael Martinez and Adam ShiversDecember 24, 2011 — Updated 1250 GMT (2050 HKT)
      (CNN) — Almost nine years into the basketball legend’s retirement, a new version of Michael Jordan athletic shoes can still send fans into a mad frenzy: Stores nationwide were the scenes of violence and police officer injuries Friday, authorities said.
      In Richmond, California, police investigated a gunshot fired outside a mall where the latest version of shoes named after Jordan went on sale for about $180 a pair Friday morning, police told CNN affiliate KGO.

  3. i hope every one enjoy their Xmas and got whatever the wished for as for me i received most everything . Now onwednesday it is off to mall to returned some SPEEDOS which i got . but come to think of it maybe BAF can use them.

    BTW i was hoping Bonny would have drop to Wish BU. Bonny where are you. THere is a rumour going around here on BU. Please say it ain’t so.

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