Christmas on St Helena
Although it is now the end of January I thought it might be of interest to tell you about the Christmas celebrations on St Helena before we get to the end of this month!
Traditional is the key word here with family get togethers reaching a high point on Christmas day itself.
The island’s population increases by up to 1000 people which considering we are only 4000 on island at the moment, is no mean feat. Most of the visitors are Saints who travel from the UK, Ascension Island and the Falklands to be home with their loved ones. As getting here is a long and arduous and expensive exercise people
usually return home every three or four years and stay for around a month. The island has a real buzz to it with
the town’s restaurants and bars a focus point.
Parades are another highlight of the season, which gets the island’s children really excited for the festive season. There are at least two parades each year, one for Christmas Eve and the other usually by the schools to raise money
for one cause or another. Dressing up is obligatory, both people and vehicles as I think you can see by some of