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Madison Caribbean Adventures - Christmas in St. Vincent


I was born on January 24th in the year 2012, that means that I have a birthday coming up and I'm going to be 3. While there are no plans for a big birthday celebration this year there will of course be cake. That being said I have celebrated every Christmas differently since the year of my birth. In 2012 I celebrated with my family in my home state of Colorado. 2013 I once again celebrated with family in Canada and in 2014 I celebrated Christmas on the beautiful island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I can surely tell you that Christmas on the island is much different that Christmas in the US. I don't just mean the nice weather with no snow. I'm talking about the sights, the activities and of course the people.

The View from Grandma's house with a mango tree in the background
The Christmas celebration begins approximately 9 days before the 25th of December with a celebration that they like to call Nine Mornings. Nine Mornings are held in different parts of the country and it's a celebration of food and music. Now there's a reason why it's called Nine Mornings. Nine meaning that it starts officially 9 days before Christmas Day and Mornings because it starts as early as 4am. Yes they get out of their beds and make it into the city or wherever it is being celebrated. Consider it one big party.

Mango Tree. Can you see the mangoes? 
Mommy and I decided to take a trip into the city to get a few necessities on our second day in St. Vincent and it was a sight to behold. Lots of local fruits, although my grandma had a few of them right there in her very own backyard. I even got to enjoy my first coconut direct from the coconut instead of out of a can.


Now the way that you take transportation in the Caribbean is a lot different than you do in the US. There is no mass transit like the buses and trains. There are however minivans going to different parts of the country. You simply stand at the side of the road where the designated bus stops are and wait until one goes by.


They are usually pretty regular and the fare is different as well. Where my grandma lives it costs us $1.50EC which is less than $1US to get into the capital of Kingstown where the stores and supermarkets are.


The city was busy with people running around doing their shopping to get ready for Christmas. There was even live entertainment to be found in the city. Mommy decided to stop for a few minutes to take in the sound.


Before we left the city I got to see a police officer not only in uniform but directing traffic. While I occasionally see police officers in Colorado, they never ever direct traffic so it was something new for me.


Christmas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines surely is different and one that I would love to do all over again. The sights, the sounds and the people are just too beautiful.


Here's something to think about. The New York Times has listed St. Vincent and the Grenadines as one of the top 52 places to visit in 2015. They are actually number 12 on that list. So how about paying them a visit. I did and I loved it and I know you will too.

So how was your Christmas and do you spend it outside of the US?


Annmarie John
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  1. Oh I've been waiting to see more pics of your trip. St. Vincent looks beautiful. I've never been to any of the Caribbean islands but I am so loving that view from your grandma's house. Now I would love to see mangoes every day. I would trade in this nasty winter for a nice Caribbean Christmas any time.

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    1. I'm happy that I was able to share a few more pics with you. I have a few more posts to do because I have so many pictures that I took. Keep an eye out for them and I'm with you on trading in winter for a Caribbean Christmas. It was a lot of fun.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your experience and teaching us a little about St. Vincent. I would love to visit there sometime.

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    1. Michelle it was amazing and I totally loved it. I hope you're able to visit St. Vincent one day.

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  3. Someday it is truly on my short list of places to visit and sounded like a great place to spend Christmas at!! Loved all the pics and the video, too :)

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    1. Thank you Janine and I hope you're able to visit and complete your list. You won't regret it, I promise you.

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  4. We were stuck in Colorado for Christmas and I was sick but it was ok. Looks and sounds like you had a good time. Next year we are going to Memphis for Christmas at my in laws

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    1. Awww so sorry to hear about you being sick over Christmas. I'm happy that I was able to get out of Colorado for even a short time. Memphis sounds like it will be a lot of fun and I'm sure Christine will enjoy it. Be sure to share your pics with me.

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  5. So cool! What a beautiful little girl and a special memory! I love it!

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    1. Thank you Kelly. I did get to enjoy some special memories.

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  6. Oh, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! What a neat place to spend Christmas! We were right at home in the US!

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    1. Nothing's wrong with being at home but it's also fun to get out and experience Christmas elsewhere as well.

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  7. lovely pictures! There's nothing better than coconut water straight from the coconut. Glad Madison got to try that ;o)

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    1. Yaitza that is so true. It was an experience and I can't wait to do it again. It was my very first time and I totally enjoyed it.

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  8. My Christmas was really nice - I spent my holiday time in Wisconsin and Michigan. St Vincent looks beautiful!

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    1. St. Vincent is beautiful and how was your trip to Wisconsin and Michigan? I've never been to either state although I did drive through Michigan to get to Canada. :)

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  9. I had a sunny warm Christmas this year too. We spent it in California and on the 27th we went back to Canada to get our fix of snow and spend it with family :)

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    1. Oh California would be nice to spend Christmas. I spent Christmas in Canada in 2013 and I enjoyed it. Can't wait to go back. I loved it there.

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  10. How wonderful for you to feature St. Vincent and the Grenadines! I will definitely put it in my travel bucket list to visit that place :) My Christmas was spent here at home but I would like to travel during the holidays next year :)

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    1. Here's hoping that you're able to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines one day. I just know that you'll love it there. Everything is beautiful and so are the people. They are oh so friendly.

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  11. What a fun adventure!! Looks like a great experience and so neat to be able to experience Christmas somewhere else!

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    1. I have been experiencing Christmas in different places for the past few years. Maybe this year I will do it at home but it was a fun adventure for me.

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  12. Sounds like there's been a lot of fun since 2012! I live in Canada so I'm never in the US but i also just spend every Christmas at home! Would love to travel and be other places to experience Christmas from another prospective!

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    1. There really has been a lot of fun. I just love Canada and if I could live there permanently I would gladly trade in the US for Canada. If you ever get to spend Christmas elsewhere please let me know what your experience is like.

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  13. What a lovely trip that must have been. I've never visited St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thanks for introducing us to this beautiful place. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. You're very welcome and I hope you have a lovely weekend as well.

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  14. We used to visit the Caribbean all the time! Love your photos, and am honored to share my birthday month with you!

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    1. Awww thank you Lois, it is an honor to share my birthday month with you as well. I'm the one sharing it since you've had it way before I did. :)

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  15. Wow, what a fabulous trip. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I stayed home, but we had some guests, so it was a busy Christmas :)

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    1. Having guests is always great around Christmas time. My grandma had us and she really loved us being there with her.

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  16. What a beautiful place to spend Christmas! I would love to visit here! We always stay home for Christmas with the inlaws.

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    1. It sure is beautiful there and staying home with family is also great as well at Christmas time.

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  17. What an amazing way to spend Christmas this year! I love that you got to have your first coconut taste straight from the source. I bet it was fabulous!

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    1. Theresa you have no idea how fabulous it was. Now that I've had a coconut directly from a coconut there is no way those canned coconut will ever taste the same to me.

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  18. Fun to get a perspective of the island from a child's point of view!

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    1. Thank you Andi and I loved sharing it with you.

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  19. We spend Christmas at home traditionally but this coming christmas w are considering heading out on a disney cruise. Your Christmas looked amazing and so fun.

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    1. A disney cruise sounds like its going to be a lot of fun. I'm hoping to be able to take one next year.

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  20. That is an exciting Christmas. Lots of great memories.

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    1. Thank you and yes it was a lot of great memories. Ones I hope to cherish for years to come.

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  21. Wow looks like quite the Christmas trip!

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    1. Yes it was and I enjoyed every bit of it.

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  22. Oh my goodness, what a lovely place to spend the holidays. I am jealous!

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    1. Maybe one day you'll be able to spend it there as well. If not on St. Vincent then maybe on one of the other islands. It'll be a great experience for you.

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  23. The Nine Mornings celebration such a cool tradition! I've never heard of it before now but it sounds great.

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    1. Oh it's a great tradition and while I was too young to go out and enjoy it, I do hope to celebrate it one day when I'm older.

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  24. We were in suburban Philadelphia- not nearly as adventurous as you! Looks like we missed a great time!

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    1. You sure did Michelle and maybe you'll be able to experience it one day for yourself.

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  25. Wow what fun! I have been trying a lot of the Caribbean islands but never there and it's somewhere id love to visit!

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    1. Oh Cori you really should give St. Vincent and a Grenadines a try. What other islands have you visited?

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  26. How cool is that! Looks like you had a great adventure!

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    1. I sure did Diane and I can't wait to go back.

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  27. Christmas on an island!? I'm so JEALOUS!!! Looks like a great trip!

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    1. I hated coming back because once I got back it was -9 degrees. I sure did miss the warm weather once I was back.

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  28. What an amazing place to get to travel to.

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    1. It sure is and I can't wait to travel some more.

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  29. The Caribean is has so many entirely diverse cultures. We were in the Bahamas and I'd love to visit more places in the Caribbean.

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    1. I hope you're able to Amanda. I have never visited the Bahamas but it would be nice to visit there one day for myself.

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  30. This is so cute and creative. I love the pictures! Great post.

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    1. Thank you. It was great sharing it with you.

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  31. Great photos! It looks like you guys had a great Christmas :) On a side note I'm sorry to hear about the health issues in your family, my mother passed away from cancer and so did my grandmother. I haven't been online much in the last couple of months (had the flu and then bronchitis), but I wanted to make sure to stop by to tell you that I was thinking of you guys.

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    1. Thank you Ann. We did have a great Christmas. My grandfather died 2 years ago when I was 9 months old and I went to St. Vincent then for the 2nd time for his funeral. I originally went when I was only 4 months old. Now that my grandmother is also dying from cancer it seems like another trip may be in our future. So sorry to hear about you being sick. I know getting the flu is no joke and it's why we always get our flu shot so we at least have a little bit of prevention. Thank you for thinking of us. We've missed you too!

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  32. What an awesome experience for your family. Such a great way to immerse yourself in the culture, and that water view was gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you and it sure was a pleasant experience and one I'll love to do all over again, especially when I get older.

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  33. Happy birthday to you Madison and so glad you were able to share a memorable holiday in the islands. Hope you took a lot of pics to show you when you are older as well.

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    1. I sure did Maria. My birthday is in another week so thank you for the early birthday greeting. I do have more photos that I plan on sharing so stick around for the ride. :)

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  34. What a wonderful Christmas celebration. It is so beautiful there. Kiddo was very sick on Christmas, so we had to cancel all of our plans while she spent the day in bed.

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    1. Awww so sorry to hear about your daughter Chrystal. I hope it was serious and she was able to enjoy the days after.

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  35. That sounds like an amazing experience. What a gift for your kiddo!

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    1. It really was a great experience for me and everyone that was there.

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  36. Looks like an amazing vacation!!! I myself went away for New Years this year...but to Quebec City! I wish I would have gone somewhere warm! Maybe next year, lol! I posted about my trip here; http://www.bitesforbabies.com/blog/new-years-quebec-city/

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    1. Oh I am going to check out your trip. I've never been to Quebec City and would love to add this to my places to visit.

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  37. Never been to the caribbean's before always wanted to go. Lovely pictures and so jealous of 9 mornings. Happy birthday madison

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    1. Thank you Miranda for the early birthday greetings and if you ever get a chance to visit the Caribbean please let me know.

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  38. What an amazing place to spend Christmas! We've been to different parts of the Caribbean, but never to St. Vincent's--it looks breathtaking! I bet Madison had such a good time exploring the food and culture!

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    1. Oh I really did have a lot of fun. The food was fantastic and so was everything else. If you ever visit St. Vincent please let me know.

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  39. Looks like a great visit. Thank you for sharing. I really hope to travel more this year.

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    1. You're very welcome Censie and I hope you're able to do that.

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  40. I loved this, thank you so much for sharing!
    KyMarieC

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  41. Sounds like a great place to visit. May not happen for me to visit in 2015 but I will definitely add it to my list.

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    1. Well whenever you do decide to visit I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I will be going back myself in 2015 and can't wait.

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  42. Sounds like an amazing Christmas. I've always wanted to try a year in the heat! My boyfriend has spent Christmas in Australia before, I don't know if I'd like it or not!!

    Katie <3

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    1. Can you believe that Australia is on my bucket list of places to visit. I've always been fascinated by their culture and their animals. I love the way they talk and they even have a sport that is played in the Caribbean that I got to see called Cricket. Christmas in the heat is almost like Christmas in Florida so you might enjoy it.

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  43. Many beautiful sights and sounds. I would love to go to that long party.
    And you. Almost three! Where is the time going???

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    1. Mommy says that she can't believe it herself. It seems like just yesterday I was a baby barely able to crawl now I'm running around and telling my brothers that they eat like pigs. In less than a week I'll be 3 and it's going to be a fun day. As for the Nine Morning celebration it's amazing and I'm sure you would have lots of fun there. I can't wait to share the rest of my photos with you.

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  44. What a great post. Thank you for taking me along on your trip. I look forward to reading more and seeing the additional pictures you have. Thanks

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    1. You're very welcome Pamela and it was great sharing it with you and be on the lookout for the rest of the photos.

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  45. I love that your blog is centered on Madison's perspective, it's so fun and intriguing! St. Vincent looks amazing and I would love to visit someday! Thanks for sharing your pretty pics!

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    1. You're very welcome and thank you for stopping by.

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  46. Sounds like you had a great trip and wonderful Christmas! This pictures make me miss the Caribbean so much.
    Turquoise and Tortoiseshells

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