Pull off the gloves, hang up the coats and put away those boots! Christmas in Grenada is pleasantly warmer. Don’t expect snow covered roof tops, trees and sidewalks; the only thing coated in white are the beautiful, sandy shores. In Grenada, carolers don’t sing outside your door… no… expect the parranderos singing parang while strumming a tune on their cuatro, soft drink bottle or any other thing that can make music.
Wondering what is parang? Think of it as a concoction of politics, gossip and history mixed to a tropical beat that makes you want to get up and dance. Rum is always close by and you are sure to hear outbursts of laughter from the audience as the lyrics are sung. Grenada’s sister isle Carriacou, hosts its Annual Parang Festival every year on the weekend before Christmas. If you missed it this year, it’s not too early to start planning for next year.
Grenadians are generally always jovial and Christmas time is no exception. In the days before Christmas, the streets of St. George’s and other towns are usually filled with happy shoppers getting their last minute gifts for loved ones (avoid the crowds in town and visit Truebluetique). Stores stay open past midnight on Christmas Eve, but not everyone stays out shopping. Some find their way to midnight mass, acknowledging the reason for the season.
It is not unusual to catch the smell of black cake (traditional fruit cake soaked in rum) escaping from the homes of the locals, or a salt ham boiling on a coal pot. New curtains are hung in the wee hours, after the house has been dusted to a shine. Drinks of choice this time of year include: sorrel, ginger beer and punch-a-cream (similar to eggnog, but done the Grenadian way). Local restaurants usually have special menus incorporating the traditional Grenadian Christmas indulgences . View Dodgy Dock’s Christmas menus on our Facebook page to see what you can expect this December at True Blue Bay Resort.
It’s the season of joy and happiness and definitely worth experiencing in Grenada, hope to see you soon! We would like to hear about your holiday traditions, so be sure to share them with us!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at True Blue Bay Resort and Villas!