Four Christmas anti-Traditions (Blogmas #7)

Mawnin mawnin!

T’is the season for traditions and if it is one thing that Trinbagonians have is a world of traditions , some of which make sense and some we just do for doing it sake. I usually go with the grain but here are four ways that I just do my own thing with remarkably no fatalities as a result.

I didn’t make dat.
  1. I don’t make pastelles.
    • It is not that I can’t make them, I just prefer to not have the added wuk in creating them and pastelle creation is indeed VERY labour intensive. Thankfully I know some fine, talented folks who take on this labour gladly and outside of my mother, I will happily pay them their just due of a dozen or so in return. If push comes to shove I will make a pastelle pie if necessary, same great taste just in casserole form.
  2. I don’t always use fresh sorrel.
    • Now before you nail me to a cross and I know allyuh like to argue, see above comment re the labour intensity. Yes, sitting down peeling a whole bag (two bags…five bags…) ah sorrel is a fun, traditional activity inclusive of the hand scratching, but I see nothing wrong in the dried sorrel which comes handy in a pack that you just boil and add your flavours and taste. The smell is the same and if you know how to do it right, the colour and the taste are also the same. I know the sorrel purists will come for me but ah love ah ease up eh so ease meh up.
  3. I don’t wait until Christmas Eve to put away.
    • For those who might not know, the term ‘put away’ in Trinidad means to clean out your home, change all your linens and to decorate. It is Trinidad lore that the massive frenzy must take place inclusive of baking bread, black cake, ham and boiling sorrel, while new curtains go up all day Christmas Eve into the wee hours so you wake up to everything fresh and sparkling. However, no one makes mention of how tired your ass will be on Christmas morning so no gracias. In my house, every room gets a day in the lead up and if I have some renovations to do, even before. I must have about three or four days before Christmas to cock up meh foot and while we are on the topic of new curtains…
  4. I don’t buy curtains every year.
    • Some people do almost religiously because they have to change the look and colour scheme of the rooms, which is cool but what I do is rotate. So living room curtains will rotate to my room, I switch up the gremlinz room curtains as well and then afterwards mix and match and rotate again. I don’t have curtain colours that are too outrageous or non-traditional that will clash and if there is no need (or no extra funds) I am not going out of my way to buy any. Who watching your curtains anyway? Not to mention wherrrrre am I putting all these curtains? I hate clutter.
…but I do love me some sorrel from Egypt though (please don’t come for me)

The way I see it, you set your own traditions according to what works for you and for your family as well, despite whoever you think might be rolling in their grave and I’m a ‘do whatever works for you’ person. What about you? Are there any Christmas traditions where you are that you don’t take too seriously? Let me know below!

Bless

TMIDM

Be an earlybird! (A Christmas throwback..) (Blogmas#4)

I wanted to write a post about how I usually attack my Christmas preparations and then I realized I wrote one already, click to read here first.

Not much has changed, I am still an earlybird, or try to be, but I am not as MANIC as I used to be about getting everything perfect before December 25th. I don’t insist that every single dust particle be removed from my house and I have no energy for anything beyond what I am willing to do for the sake of my sanity on a particular day. I am definitely not wasting my days, working hard and not enjoying my holiday break as I go along.

So much meaning…

So I will do my thing, catch my worm and savour to the last bite with my family until I have to head back out in the fields again. A damn good idea if I don’t say so mehself.

Bless

TMIDM

Blogmas is here!

Mawnin, mawnin!

Do you smell that?

It smells very much like the:

BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!!! Woo hoo!!!!

OH EM SQUEEEEE!!!!!

Yes my people it’s December and this one is about to be a special one as this year I decided to officially jump aboard the Blogmas bus ride! (Now where this bus is going I have not a damn clue but I expect some parang, drinks and a sea bath at the end to congratulate my effort because Lord knows effort it shall be!)

Blogmas is basically blogging on overdrive during the Christmas season whether it is for only a week, 12 days, or every, single day from the 1st to the 25th. It is very popular with bloggers and while I have never participated before in my seven years of blogging, this year I really wanted to challenge myself particularly during this time where I have somehow managed to let my daily life swallow me whole while letting my joys suffer. I have always written blog posts with intention so if I don’t feel the intention, I don’t force it so this Blogmas (ad-)venture is already set to swing that right back around thank God.

I will most definitely NYOT be blogging every day until the 25th as one must remain realistic and honest with oneself, however I am set to publish every other day on the odd numbered days up to the 23rd, giving me exactly twelve days (inclusive of today). Added to this will also be weekend vlogs because clearly, I needed to activate the extra, so be sure to follow me on my social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and even the unruly competition TikTok to catch a glimpse of all that I plan to see, say and do in the lead up to Christmas. Ah trying ah ting, t’is de season they say!

So, if you’ve read this far, many thanks to you, and thanks to all who offered words of support, encouragement and ‘gas up’ when I made the announcement. You all are my tribe fuh real!

See you on Friday for the start!

Bless

TMIDM