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Christmas is just once a year but the mem-
ories created during the period can last a life-
For most Trinidadians it s a time when pres-
ents, parang, family, friends and food converge.
The anticipation of the day itself builds as
hectic preparations get underway, and the sound
of carols like Kelwyn Hutcheon s Oh How I
Wish I Was A Child Again, as well as the smell
of freshly painted walls, shuttle you back to
days gone by.
As Christmas Day looms closer, the family
pastelle production line is assembled. The search
for wild meat rages. Vendors selling kitchen
towels, curtain rods and ferns populate the
downtown sidewalks. Family and friends from
"foreign" start piling in. The power washer
emerges. Electricity bills skyrocket due to people
adorning their homes with enough lights to
illuminate a large village. Jars of fruits soak in
alcohol for rum cakes and meats are marinating
in special seasonings. Dusty empty beer bottle
cases, most likely from last year s Christmas,
are resurrected and taken to the liqour depot
for full cases of beer, sorrel Shandy and of
course, a battery of alcoholic beverages ---the
In our home in Paramin, we get up very early
because most times a parang side will be at
the door calling on us to open up. We keep it
simple from there; family, fun, food and friends.
T&T Guardian spoke to some of our celebrity
readers about their Christmas traditions and
some happy or funny Christmas memories
they can fondly recall. Here is what they had
"I didn t grow up having Christmas trees,
etc. I can t remember ever having lights up. I
got gifts as a child so I wouldn t feel left out
when the other kids got toys, but I knew they
came from my parents and not Santa. Christmas
for me was all about waking up early on Christ-
mas morning to watch my father (and now
help my father) prepare the best meal of the
"I usually paint. Like everything. House
wall. Rooms. Kitchen. Gallery. My reward
would be the turkey leg. I d also have to
move all the heavy stuff and somehow we
would always manage to finish all the clean-
ing and painting on Christmas Eve night
every year. But the visitors, the family and
friends made the work worth it and bring a
vibes for the holidays."
singer and producer
"Christmas Day is spent with my loved
ones... We get together at the family home in
Belmont and spend most of the day just enjoy-
ing each other s company. We share out gifts,
tell jokes, stuff we face and reminisce... In
between the festivities I run away to a couple
friends houses for some macafouchette and
a lil house parang."
Keshav Chandradath Singh
percussionist and producer.
"Pastelles. Always pastelles in the house.
And my mother usually makes a Christmas
tree out of creative things you wouldn t expect
to be able to make a tree, like driftwood or
recycled stuff and they always look beautiful."
Joel "Positive" Murray,
gospel reggae Singer
"Christmas in Tobago is highly family
focused. During this season a lot of relatives
living abroad come home for the holidays.
For the days leading up to Christmas, my
aunties would normally have us (nieces and
nephews, young and old) all ensuring that
Granny s house and yard is well decorated.
But despite the progress of the decor, aunty
Moulda would not finish the house decorations
until everyone fell asleep, or vacated the house.
I think in her mind she wants us to still wake
up with some level of expectancy, and mind
you, she never disappoints.
However, I thought I would try something
new for the holidays. I have been so busy with
my schedule as a gospel minister that some-
times the quiet times with my wife is min-
imised. Hence, for this Christmas, I want to
take wifey to the Hyatt, and have somewhat
of a getaway Christmas.
On Christmas morning, there is early morn-
ing church service, then have a romantic lunch
in bed, and just enjoy the sunset as we remem-
ber with thanksgiving the goodness of God
in our lives.
On Boxing day we will pick up with the rest
of the family where we left off.
Much love to you guys reading this and have
a holy Christmas."
Destra "Queen of Bacchanal" Garcia,
"In our family, Christmas Eve is for the
children. We keep the tradition of Santa Claus
alive. We leave lots of cookies out and since
I do that with my daughter Xaiya, you know
it s a lot of cookies getting eaten!
We give out some gifts early on Christmas
Eve, and the kids track Santa on the iPad. It s
a lot of fun, then we get them to go and sleep
so that Santa can drop the presents, we tell
them if they re up, Santa can t drop off the
On Christmas Day, my daughter and her
sister and her cousins usually play together.
This year my nieces are coming over too.
Of course, there is lots of food. My Dad
makes bread, Mummy makes the black cake
and my sister makes the sponge cake. My
contribution is usually two lasagnes---beef
and soya---plus the salads. My family lives
close by, so it great to have everyone over. My
aunts and uncles drop in, we spend a lot of
time just old talking and enjoying each other s
company. For me it s all about family at Christ-
The Japanese company that owns the
Hello Kitty brand said it has fixed a secu-
rity leak in an online fan site for the char-
acter that compromised the personal
information of 3.3 million users.
Sanrio Co's digital arm said Tuesday
that it "corrected" a security vulnerability
on the SanrioTown.com website and was
investigating. The leak was discovered
Saturday by a security researcher.
Hong Kong-based Sanrio Digital said
anyone who knew the Internet addresses
of "specific vulnerable servers" could have
accessed personal information such as
names and birthdates. Passwords were
also available but encrypted.
However, it added that the data did not
include credit card or other payment de-
tails, and that no information was stolen.
"We investigated the problem and ap-
plied fixes, including securing the servers
identified as vulnerable" by the re-
searcher, the company said in a security
advisory posted on the site.
The security researcher who identified
the problem, Chris Vickery, disputed San-
rio's claim that information was not ac-
cessed, since he used multiple IP
addresses himself to access data and
confirm the vulnerability. (AP)
Hello Kitty owner Sanrio says fan site security leak fixed
Christmas traditions and memories
Food blogger and creative director QD Ross
takes time to bond with his Dad on Christmas
Music producer Sheriff loves painting as part
of his Christmas traditions.
Tobagonian gospel singer Positive will take
time off from his hectic schedule to spend a
romantic Christmas with his wife.
Soca star Destra Garcia has her hands full
with kids, cooking lasagna and making salad
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