What's your favorite part of Christmas in Cayman?

From family to food and everything in between, Christmas has a special meaning to many people here in Cayman. Out and about on a recent morning, these West Bayers volunteered to share their favorite things about the holiday season with the Compass. – Photos: Jewel Levy 
Celebrating Jesus’s birth and being closer to the meaning of Christmas.”  Daisy Jackson

“Celebrating Jesus’s birth and being closer to the meaning of Christmas.” Daisy Jackson

Helping the people that everyone seems to have forgotten.” Emma Powell

“Helping the people that everyone seems to have forgotten.” Emma Powell

The food and time to enjoy family and friends.” Laura McLaughlin

“The food and time to enjoy family and friends.” Laura McLaughlin

It’s my first time in Cayman and I am hoping to enjoy the water, meet with family and friends, and enjoy the food.” Lillian Morris

“It’s my first time in Cayman and I am hoping to enjoy the water, meet with family and friends, and enjoy the food.” Lillian Morris

Celebrating life with Jesus in my heart and relaxing with family and friends.” Mervin Rowe

“Celebrating life with Jesus in my heart and relaxing with family and friends.” Mervin Rowe

To have my children visit from Jamaica and seeing the Crighton lights.” Nathelia Bennett

“To have my children visit from Jamaica and seeing the Crighton lights.” Nathelia Bennett

Being with family, friends and the food are my favorite parts of Christmas.” Omar Powery

“Being with family, friends and the food are my favorite parts of Christmas.” Omar Powery

To celebrate the extra friendliness that comes out during Christmastime in West Bay, which is a jolly time.” Owen Evans

“To celebrate the extra friendliness that comes out during Christmastime in West Bay, which is a jolly time.” Owen Evans

My favorite part of Christmas in Cayman is the food.” Velma Biggs

“My favorite part of Christmas in Cayman is the food.” Velma Biggs

We love the lights at the Crighton’s and the Elmslie Memorial Church Service.” Trisha Kersey, left, and Linda Kersey

“We love the lights at the Crighton’s and the Elmslie Memorial Church Service.” Trisha Kersey, left, and Linda Kersey
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  1. Growing up in West Bay, where my Mother (RIP) was the North West Point seamstress, along with Annice Duffell (RIP), Christmas was a time of lots of work! New clothing for all who could afford and for those that couldn’t, Mama still had little things made for the children. Bringing sand off the bay for the yard and the painting and sprucing up of everything. Also driving up along the West Bay Road with my Father to cut the Christmas tree and get it back home with it blowing to bits on the car top! The church services and the much awaited gift or gifts, if we were really lucky! Not to forget, the long awaited Christmas beef and the heavy cake! So much different now!

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  2. To L. Bell! I know this was not the answer to question asked! Christmas now is just a "get me, give me, I want" no more the times we had growing up in a "poor Cayman". Christmas has completely lost the real meaning to me any more. Now with the Happy Holidays, so we don’t offend another’s beliefs, the commercialism and the family gatherings and sharing, I miss the old Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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