Happy Holidays 2022!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Happy Holidays! I hope you’re Christmas & New Year was terrific and well-spent.

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I’ve had such a busy few weeks but it was fun-filled all around.  

I wasn’t always one for the holidays but after looking back and realizing I can’t keep bumming myself out on such a joyous time of the year I decided to change things. 

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Photo by Osman Rana on Unsplash

Meeting D and spending time with him has helped with that.

This year Christmas was going to be spent away from home for the first time for me. 

Since traveling away from home, I have been trying to adjust to a new environment.

I’ve never spent the holidays away from home before so things have been different for me. 

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the island would get ready with decorations and lights to show off the Christmas spirit. 

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Many houses even had their own light shows going on.

There were quite a few houses that definitely stole the show. 

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Crighton’s Christmas Wonderland

As a tradition, there was one house that would decorate their entire yard with different aspects of Christmas and allow the public to walk through to enjoy the decorations.

It was truly a Christmas wonderland. My favorite part was the train set they had set up, haha. 

How I Celebrated Christmas?

As I mentioned before I’ve never really spent the holidays away from home. Christmas, it’s usually spent with my mom and little brother. 

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We’d cook up a great dinner feast that consisted of two types of meat along with rice and peas, a traditional soup known as Manish Water, sides like mashed potato, pasta, rum cake, and a nice ice-cold beverage of whatever drink we’d want to make that year.

Now that I’ve flown the coop, as one would say, and traveled to the Cayman Islands this year I spent it with D’s family. 

Since I’ve been on the island, they’ve been so wonderful to me, and I’m grateful for them to accept me.

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Most families have their own family traditions, and like many Caribbean families, it’s nothing shy of a buffet of food and drinks. 

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They had everything to make me feel like I was back home with my family. 

Certainly looking forward to next year already. Maybe by then, our families can come together for even more fun times. 

One thing I’m truly grateful for is my inclusion in the festivities, which makes me believe the holidays will be looking brighter with each year to come. 

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A New Year’s Eve Tradition

And of course, after Christmas comes the ending of another year and the beginning of a new one.

Before D, most of my new years were spent working or at home watching TV. 

But this year I had the pleasure of witnessing some of the best firework shows I’ve ever seen. 

So to kick things off right, D and his brother had their annual bonfire by the beachside to see all the fireworks go off along the island. 

I’ve never seen so many fireworks in all my days, and it was so beautiful and exciting to watch.

I mean there were fireworks everywhere that just lit up the night sky. 

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It certainly made the night feel even more special for me to bring in the new year with my hubby and a fresh new perspective on life. 

I look forward to the celebrations again especially the fireworks.

I just hope this year will be a prosperous one for me and you, and may all our good thoughts and dreams come through. 

More About Me: 

P.S. Aside from blogging about my personal journey in the Cayman Islands, I’m also a girl who loves to cook. Technically I am a certified chef de partie (line chef). 

I decided I wanted to hone in on the skills that I learned at culinary school and share some recipes I love to make or always wanted to make. 

I’m no perfectionist but I do love food, so check out the food side of my blog here. I share all sorts of recipes and ideas you can try in your kitchen too!

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