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4 things you never knew about Christmas in the Caribbean

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From pulling crackers to dusting off the board games, we all know the Great British Christmas traditions inside and out. But what do the folks of the Caribbean do during the festive season? Here are some of our favourite Christmas facts, straight from the sunshine islands.

There’s a LOT of music

If one thing sums up a Caribbean Christmas, it’s music. With everything from calypso to reggae and jazz, street performances also feature masks and fancy costumes, along with creepy characters such as the wild cow and the devil. Listen out for kettle drums, banjos and the good ol’ trusty triangle.

And a whole lotta pig

In the Caribbean, pork replaces turkey as the yuletide meat of choice. Baked, barbecued or stewed, whole families feast on giant hogs throughout the festive season, with an extra-special meal on Christmas Day. Other foodie treats include peas and rice, plantain, yam and a haggis-style dish known as ‘jug jug’.

Fake snow is a big hit

To replicate snow-covered festive scenes, some families in the Caribbean scatter white sand from the local beaches on their front gardens to look like fake snow. If you ask us, it beats those pesky ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs hands down.

While cleaning and DIY is the activity of choice

While we’re sat on the sofa, sipping a Bailey’s and complaining about the weather, our Caribbean counterparts are hard at work cleaning, decorating, and getting their houses ready for Christmas time. December is a time for starting afresh, with new furniture and decor, a fresh lick of paint on the walls, and the Christmas tree pride of place. Feather duster, anyone?

Here at Revolución de Cuba, we’re channelling some seriously good Caribbean vibes this festive season, with knock-out cocktails, lip-smackingly good food and live bands – so book your Christmas party now to avoid disappointment. This fiesta’s about to go DOWN, amigos!

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