Christmas Time is Near in Belize!

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    Posted on Friday, Dec 01, 2017
    Sleigh bells are ringing in my ear, colors of red, gold, green, white and red are within my peripheral vision, the aromas of peppermint and hot chocolate invaded my sense of smell, and the pine ornaments in my hand are being placed on our first ever all white Christmas tree.  If you do not get it by now, CHRISTMAS TIME is my family’s favorite holiday of all time.  From October 1st (not even exaggerating), my mother starts hunting for curtains and towels for the house because it is her time of the year to change the color theme. 

    Now, you may be wondering, why so much ‘hullabaloo’ about Christmas?  Well, Christmas in Belize is like Thanksgiving in the United States: it is ALL ABOUT THE FOOD!  This is the time of the year when ham, turkey, rice and beans, potato salad, cranberry and stuffing come out to play!  Plus, it is the best time of the year for all families who live out of the country to come back home for a couple of weeks, and gather around the table, celebrating life and each other, as well as upholding the families’ traditions.

    For this holiday season, I plan to go back home for an entire month (YAY!) and spend time with my little sister, who is 9 and in 5th grade.  I have been able to spend every Christmas holiday with her since she was born and I do not plan on stopping that now.  She is into the festivities and the crafts, so we are planning an entire week of FUN!  We have cookie baking and ornament decorating planned.  Also, we are doing something different – we plan to go visit the pediatric center in town and spend an hour with the kids there.  We will be doing arts and crafts with them, decorating their own ornaments and Santa hats!  I have a passion for helping others, especially toddlers, and I thought it would be a good idea to let my sister see in person what the Spirit of Christmas is all about – caring for others and sharing joy, happiness and love to those around us! 

    So, those are my plans for the holidays and now it is your turn – what are your plans for the holidays? Tell us at tsp@tamu.edu.  Happy Holidays!
     
    By Tamera Locke, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Photo Attribution: http://www.sandypointresorts.com/spend-christmas-belize/