Yes. It seems that retailers promote christmas earlier every year, and yes, it would sometimes feel that the season of giving has become a season of spending. But, we can't help get excited about sparkling lights, the sound of bells jingling and all the festivities that are being planned on island!
For many visitors to Grand Cayman, a christmas bathed in sun is odd but wonderful - families getting away from the snowy cold of home to the tropical warmth. Ironically, there are mid-summer days here when we just wish snow flakes could take the edge off the heat!
Our daughter has just turned 5 and is getting so terribly excited about the merry season. At the age of 3 it took her well over a week to open all her presents up - she was quite content to open up one a day and play with it. At 4, this period was reduced to just 5 days - she progressed to opening up 2-3 presents per day, still seeming to want to savour them slowly. Our hope is that this sense of awe stays with her - not everyone is lucky to be so loved - we always wish to remember those not as fortunate.
We are also challenged this year to find a different Santa Clause! Over the last few years, Captain Mario has gone outside at midnight on Christmas eve to loudly ring bells and yell out hearty "ho-ho-ho's", followed by some thumping around the house to deposit presents, afterwards taking off again with bells clanging and an order for Rudolph to get a move on. This has been a resounding success, with Gina's eyes nearly falling out of her head with excitement. However, last year she did say that Santa sounded an awful lot like Daddy, and mommy had to do some quick thinking - she had no choice but to say that she thoroughly agreed and how funny was that???? Oh dear, how clever they are ......
Camana Bay in Grand Bay is well known for hosting wonderful events over December, and on certain evenings you can even experience snow there! But to get the excitement warmed up, "Celebrations" has a christmas shop with amazing decorations and ideas, and we love their inspiration and oooh and aaaaaw at their beautiful trinkets and decorations. We have included pictures of some of their goodies and hope that they might be an inspiration to you.
We hope that we might get the chance to wish many of you a very merry christmas in person, and look forward to welcoming on board!