Grenadian Christmas traditions
The month of December is the Christmas season and there are traditions associated with this time of year. These traditions have been with Grenadians for many years, and many of us grew up with these traditions.
House cleaning has a symbolic meaning. It is the preparation of the home for the receipt of the Christ child or birth of Jesus on Christmas day. Families engage in deep cleaning their homes including changing of curtains, bed sheets, painting of the entire exterior of the house or rooms inside, washing of stairs, and vanishing of wood (in the case of wooden homes). Traditionally, house cleaning is done by women in the household except for specific tasks such as painting and vanishing.
Baking of delicious goodies associated with the season is anticipated by both the bakers and eaters alike. Baked goods include:
Sweet potato pudding
Some of the baking starts before the busy Christmas season, although most if done on the eve of the eve of Christmas (Dec 23) and Christmas eve (Dec 24).
Watch how to make some of these baking dishes:
Sorrel Fruit Cake | Fruit Cake Recipe | Sorrel | #sorrelcake #sorrelfruitcake | #roadto1000 - YouTube
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There are certain drinks that are prepared and consumed at this time of year. These drinks are prepared for family consumption or for sale at the local markets or supermarkets. Drinks include:
Prices can range from $25 upwards for a bottle of these drinks.
Sorrel Ginger Beer Ponche cream
Watch how to make some of these drinks:
How I Make Sorrel Drink for Christmas | Sorrel Drink | Christmas Drink | @SpiceIslandCooking - YouTube
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