When I was a kid I hated watchng sports on TV and I dreaded boxing day because i thought they showed boxing on tv all day! :lol:
Yeah I love this time of year. From Halloween until new Year's day. Bring it........
I know about Junkanoo, the Bahamas' amazing festival -- which really makes Mardi Gras and Carnival pale by comparison, imo -- because I lived in Nassau for a year and also because two years ago my production company was hired to shoot a documentary on the event. Junkanoo has a huge historical significance for the people of the Bahamas and it is their premier cultural event of the year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkanoo
During the months leading up to Boxing Day, my production crew and I went behind the scenes into the shacks where the costumes and floats were being constructed and into the neighborhoods where the music and dancing is rehearsed. We met and interviewed many government officials and also top Junkanoo leaders.
Then on Boxing Day I broadcast from a raised platform on Bay Street, which is Nassau's main street and the site of the festival, with Debbie Bartlett -- who's the Katie Couric of the Carribean -- and a Junkanoo expert. My wife Kim -- an award-winning producer in her own right -- broadcast from the street, right in the heart of the dancers and musicians, along with a Bahamian celeb.
During the course of our eight-hour shoot we taped the entire event with much color commentary. Kim also interviewed top Bahamian government officials on the ground as well as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, whose husband was once America's ambassador to the Bahamas.
Afterwards we went into three months of post production and the result was JUNKANOO!, a dynamic and kinetic documentary.
Throughout it all, the Bahamian government was so cooperative, providing us with police assistance and escorts. It was a huge amount of work, but it's what we do and it was a joy to be working with many of my old friends in the Bahamas again. Being put up in a luxury suite at Atlantis Hotel & Resort helped, of course. :hmwink:
These images give a very small sense of the vastness and beauty of Junkanoo. Everything you see in them is the result of countless small strips of colored paper being hand-pasted to costume forms and float skeletons: http://www.google.com/search?num=10&....1.Ai23v1XcBvE
I like the lights of x mas, but I hate the shopping and the crap. In fact, I find x mas kinda depressing actually. I feel sorry for people who have no one and are sitting home alone. Its a sad time for a lot of people. Not everyone has family and not everyone has a spouse. Not everyone can afford gifts. And many of us have lost loved ones that can no longer partake in the festivities. So, where is my Prozac...
Well I think a lot of it is about what one is celebrating. While I won't get to far into Tar Swamp territory, many celebrate what they believe is the birth of the Son of God. For others, I kind of like what Bill O'Reilly once said about, "If you don't believe in the religious significance of Christmas, then perhaps it's okay to celebrate the birth of a man that brought a message and philosophy of peace and harmony to the world." In the same sense, if I knew the birthdate of Moses, despite my not being Jewish, I would certainly celebrate his birth. :hmgrin:
I had my local postie come around and said that my house was by far the bast he saw in town, mind you there was only a couple that set up, but for me i have kids and love stting up the house for them.