Goldie Falconer-Simpson

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Christmastime in Old Jamaica: The Teenage Years

As Jamaica modernized, little things started to slip away. Sometime in the early 70s, importation of firecrackers from China was banned after it was discovered that the powder was being extracted from the firecracker by unscrupulous persons to make ammunition for guns. So the festivities during the season were decidedly quieter, and as shopping for …

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Christmastime in Old Jamaica: The Early Years

In the tiny district of Queensbury, St. Elizabeth, on Jamaica’s south coast, Christmas meant big-time celebrations, and preparation usually started right after the August 1 Emancipation holiday. We would know it when a brisk north wind whispered “Christmas coming,” and one or two farmers would build a lime kiln to produce white lime, a process that …

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