FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

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@Kandae11 (27134)
December 7, 2017 9:32am CST
No - this is not about the movie which has that title - this is about something completely different . How do you usually spend Christmas Eve night? Here on my island in the Caribbean , hordes of late shoppers and others who just want to mingle will flock to the Grand Markets which are held in every town and city across the island, from dusk till dawn. The real fun starts in the evening of Christmas Eve ,and designated streets are closed to vehicular traffic. Vendors are there in large numbers plying their wares. There is food, music, street dancing and other entertainment. Christmas Eve night, I will not be at the Grand Market. I will be at home baking goodies while the traditional pepperpot bubbles on the stove and Christmas carols play on the radio. If friends drop by, they will be offered homemade gingerbeer and the traditional black-eye-peas cook-up. Later I will wrap gifts, watch a Christmas movie and depending on how busy I get, I might be up until dawn. What are you doing Christmas Eve night?
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@just4him (92357)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec
I'm celebrating Christmas with my boys on Christmas Eve. I don't know how late it will be though. If it's not late, I might watch a Christmas movie and NOT The Christmas Story. I'm one of the few who don't like that movie.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
I don't recall watching that one. what is it about?
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@just4him (92357)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec
@Kandae11 The Christmas story is about a man who wins a prize - a leg lamp. and when he plugs it in, all the lights in the house go off - no power. There's a scene where one of the kids gets a pink rabbit footed pajamas, complete with bunny ears, then the scene where the kid puts his tongue on the pole, and the end they have Christmas dinner in a Chinese restaurant because the dog ate the turkey. It's corny in my opinion.
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• United States
8 Dec
@just4him I feel the same way about watching it, I love it, but I have seen too many times.
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@amadeo (48066)
• United States
7 Dec
Mike and I will be alone on the eve.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
At least you have each other.
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@amadeo (48066)
• United States
7 Dec
@Kandae11 yes.company will come on Christmas Day.
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@vandana7 (57517)
• India
7 Dec
Sleeping. I am becoming too drowsy myself. lol
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
Nothing wrong with sleeping.
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@crossbones27 (15111)
• Redlands, California
7 Dec
I am going to Laughlin, I do not know why, but am. Apparently owners want to take me there for watching their house. Would have rather have half the cash of the cost of the trip, but hey this is how they do it now in the world of material and possessions. This way I keep watching their house, but what if I say no. I hope you have fun though, sure sounds like you and eating and listening to happy tunes with the smell of good bakes running through the air.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
Who will be watching your dogs while you are away?
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• Redlands, California
7 Dec
@Kandae11 My brother and sister, they watching them now while I watch these 5 old cats and 1 old dog and 1 fairly young dog who is scarty cat,. Our dogs are family dogs. No one person owns them. None of us own them. They live among us and show us how life should be.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
@crossbones27 So you will be spending Christmas alone in Laughlin ?
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@1hopefulman (20372)
• Canada
9 Dec
Nothing having to do with Christmas. It is a Sunday, so I will do typical Sunday evening things. I might even be on myLot.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
9 Dec
I will be here too.
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@1hopefulman (20372)
• Canada
11 Dec
@Kandae11 Great to know that!
@peachpurple (10708)
• Malaysia
7 Dec
Nothing, there won't be any party here, no visiting the sunday church either.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
Is that the way it is for you every year?
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@peachpurple (10708)
• Malaysia
7 Dec
@Kandae11 yes for the past 23 years, after I was married to a Buddhist hubby, no more xmas for me.
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@JustBhem (22580)
• Davao, Philippines
7 Dec
What we normally do is, cook food and share it with the Family.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
There is usually more family bonding during Christmas.
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@JustBhem (22580)
• Davao, Philippines
7 Dec
@Kandae11 Yes, I plan to have a Red Theme for Christmas for us Family.
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@rina110383 (23370)
8 Dec
Stay home and sleep.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
That's good too.
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@allknowing (55810)
• India
8 Dec
I am never one for late nights and that applies to Christmas Eve as well.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
Normally I am no night owl, but I look forward to this particular late night.
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@allknowing (55810)
• India
8 Dec
@Kandae11 I am an early riser by habit and so I just have to get back - my eyes say so.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
@allknowing Not earlier than me - I am up between 5 and 6 a.m. - every day of the week.
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@1creekgirl (8769)
• United States
7 Dec
Wow, your plans are a lot more interesting than mine! For years, we have our big dinner on Christmas Eve, all the kids spend the night, next morning we open gifts, then have left overs for lunch. What is a pepperpot and gingerbeer? It's tradition here to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
Pepperpot is made with pieces of meat (these days seeing I am a vegetarian I use veggie chunks). it is seasoned with pepper, cloves, thyme, garlic,onions making a thick sauce darkened with cassareep - a thick black liquid made from cassava. The meat will be cooked until very tender - and there is no need to refrigerate - the cassareep is a preservative as well. Gingerbeer is made from ginger, lime sugar and yeast. It is left to ferment for a week or more. Our black-eye peas cook up is made with the peas, rice, seasonings, thyme , coconut milk and pieces of salted meat. I usually prepare mine without the meat. The pepperpot is pictured above.
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• United States
7 Dec
@Kandae11 Thanks, Kandase! I learned several new things today. Our black eyed peas are usually seasoned with onions and pork of some kind.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
@1creekgirl You're welcome.
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• United States
8 Dec
I would love to do this, because Christmas is always a little depressing to me. How fun to go and eat and dance and feel happy.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
I suppose because of the winter weather , there won't be activities like I have described in your country?
• United States
8 Dec
@Kandae11 Where I live can be extremely cold or very warm for Christmas. I've never seen anything like this even when it's warm.
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@DianneN (59691)
• United States
8 Dec
We spend Christmas Eve at a Chinese restaurant with friends. lol
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
The same restaurant every year?
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@DianneN (59691)
• United States
8 Dec
@Kandae11 There is only one in Florida that we like. The others are icky! lol
@much2say (35425)
• United States
7 Dec
Oh, those Grand Markets sound so festive and busy - I would love to go to that before Christmas Eve! But on Christmas Eve, I'd rather cozy up at home too. Not sure what we're doing this year . . . but I hope we will actually be at home and relaxing - not running around somewhere (like we will be doing the next day).
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
Not too many years ago I used to love being a part of the Christmas rush and excitement, sometimes even buying gifts Christmas Eve night - but times have changed - no bustling crowds for me. Home is where its at.
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@much2say (35425)
• United States
8 Dec
@Kandae11 Being with the crowd isn't as enjoyable anymore . . . if anything it's more like a chore going through the crowds! Peace and quiet at home is much nicer .
@fishtiger58 (30716)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Dec
My sister's and their families are coming here for Christmas on Christmas Eve. I have the biggest house and can easily fit the 20 people who will be here. I have decide what to cook for dinner and everyone else brings the desserts.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
7 Dec
Twenty people? Your house is really big. It is wonderful and a real blessing to have one's family members together at Christmas.
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@fishtiger58 (30716)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Dec
@Kandae11 It is, and Christmas day it will just be me hubby and our two sons.
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@shaggin (26964)
• United States
9 Dec
That sounds neat how your area has that big fest. I’d prefer staying home and baking though as well. I go to my father in laws on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts and have a little meal.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
9 Dec
There is more family bonding at Christmas time. People also feel loneliness more at this time.
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@jstory07 (57928)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Dec
We will be staying home having our dinner and just enjoy a nice evening at home.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
9 Dec
That sounds cosy and nice.
@FayeHazel (11811)
• United States
8 Dec
That's beautiful. Actually I didn't know of such a movie. Ah here it will be pretty quiet. Seeing as we don't have extended family - we will go to Chinese restaurant Christmas day
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
Quiet is okay too.
@bluesa (12836)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
8 Dec
That does sound so fun, those grand markets. Enjoy your baking though. We usually watch variety shows, eat snacks, open one present and then head to bed. :)
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
Sounds nice.
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@sjvg1976 (14632)
• Delhi, India
8 Dec
I still haven't planned anything new.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
There is still time.
@josie_ (5155)
• Philippines
8 Dec
We will be celebrating Christmas with the family at home. But it's on New Years Eve when festivities are held from "Dust to dawn" especially with the fireworks which often last to the wee hours of the morning.
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@Kandae11 (27134)
8 Dec
That should be fun. Here, it is New Years Eve when there is lots of fireworks all over.
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