Christmas Soon Come

"The Perfect Gift" by Shelley Gorny Schoenherr

“The Perfect Gift”
by Shelley Gorny Schoenherr

Mama bake a Johnny Cake, Christmas coming!

To get in the holiday spirit, island-style, you’ve got to have music.  So before reading any further, click on this YouTube link to hear an appropriate soundtrack for this Christmas post. Ready?

Well the island sunk an inch or two with all the folks who came for Thanksgiving. It was nice to hear and see all the people around then–and now they’re back.  The Christmas winds are blowing,
the shops and restaurants are bustling, and the boats and bars are decorated with twinkling lights. It’s a beautiful time to be on island with all our Caribbean Christmas traditions.

Santa loves the Virgin Islands, of course, although some say he trades in his boots and fur for flip-flops and red bathing trunks. Our Santa here comes courtesy of St. John artist Shelley Gorny Schoenherr, who has lots of visions of St. Nick dancing in her head.  She started her Santa Claus Series in 2003, painting a new version every year since.  Her tropical artwork features famous spots all over St. John.

Instead of egg nog, Christmas carolers here in the USVI may get a cup of guavaberry wine for their efforts. If you’ve never tried it, you’ll find a good description of the treat in the St. John Sun Times. (Hint:  The recipe includes rum.)  And speaking of carols, don’t miss island photographer Steve Simonsen’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas” Island Style. See what we’ve got instead of seven swans a-swimming.

Finally, as we look ahead to the New Year, we know the celebrating is just beginning. The brand new 2013 Bars of St. John calendar is helping us plan our post-holiday festivities. We’re already tasting that first raspberry mango colada at Shipwreck Landing…

Happy Christmas!

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