Thursday, December 3, 2009
Maybe it’s the sight of Christmas lights being wrapped around the island's palm trees or the festive decorations in the City of Hamilton. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the cheery smiles that I’ve come across while shopping for produce in my local market. Whatever the reason, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Bermuda. Just yesterday I saw a man bringing a Christmas tree home on his scooter—a precarious balancing act that had the plastic-wrapped fir bouncing between the two crooks of his arms. According to the Bermuda Sun that tree was one of 10,000 pines, balsams, firs, and spruce that have been ferried across the Atlantic, freshly cut from the fields of North America. How else would they get here? In the spirit of giving and receiving much is also on sale, but don’t expect door buster savings. This is Bermuda after all. Take an advertisement I saw from a store called Price Rite in Pembroke. You can buy a plastic dollhouse for the bargain basement price of $160 or a DVD player for $325. Both on sale! (Dear Santa, I hope you’re reading because you might want to bring a few extra sheckles when you and your sleigh visit Bermuda. Just saying). With the Christmas season also comes a slew of special events—a stacked December including a much anticipated performance of Joy To The World by the St. John’s Youth Choir and soloist Kerri-Lynne Dietz at St. John’s Church and of course, the Christmas Boat Parade on December 12, when hundreds of vessels get decked out in lights and make their way through Hamilton harbor (yours truly will be crewing on the 44-foot catamaran Ana Luna, so stayed tuned for an on-the-boat report). So it seems another festive, albeit tropical, holiday season is upon us. I just hope Santa knows where to find me this year.