Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ringing in the New Year at Small Hope!

Every day spent on this magical island is a treat. That said, New Year's Eve is hands down my favorite night of the whole year here!

It's another wonderful feast day (the others being US Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter) which means our kitchen delights guests and staff alike with wonderful things like roasted pig, smoked turkey, stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, grouper, shrimp, lobster, etc. Then bring on the desserts - again, a minimum of 20 desserts, like key lime pie, guava duff, sweet potato pie, bread pudding, all kinds of cookies, and so on . . .

After the feast the party really starts. Music starts rocking, people start dancing, drinks are imbibed. Our games room is turned into a craft shop. This is where EVERYONE makes a het. Hats are made from anything we've got - construction paper, felt, Androsia fabric, glitter, plastic jewels, feathers, and more! And they are meant to be representative of the past year.

On the beach a bonfire pit is ready, and at the stroke of midnight the Christmas tree that was in our lounge is tossed into the flames, along with everyone's newly made hats! It is a cathartic release and then we get a fresh start for a brand new year!


From all of us at Small Hope, Happy New Year. We wish you a wonderful 2016!!!!
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