As Christmas approaches we reflect on past Christmases at Guavaberry.
Every year we would deliver a small gift and our “Christmas hours” note to each house. A few years ago (ok… maybe more than a few) Christine and Michelle would deliver these on their bicycles, at least until they learned to drive! Last year Michelle added a little helper named Branson (one of the housekeeper’s sons) to her delivery rounds. Since we have no guests in house for Christmas 2017, we had to do something different. Can you guess what that may be? It’s something CRAZY! We are all getting a few days off! This is the first time in history that each of the staff will be able to be home with their families for Christmas. It really is bittersweet, but we are certain many happy memories will be made.
This year it will only be Tina, Michelle, and her husband, Sherwin, around for Christmas. Ian and Valerie both wanted a taste of Canadian winter complete with scarves, mittens and copious warm beverages! Christine and her husband, David, have jetted off to the UK and France for their much overdue holiday. They were actually supposed to leave the day before Irma hit… needless to say that didn’t happen! Everyone hopes to be back for the arrival of the “Guavababy” so fingers crossed they all make it in time!
Since it will be a quiet Christmas, we aren’t putting up our usual tree and Christmas lights. Some might say we are being scrooge-ish but c’est la vie! Besides, Christmas really isn’t about the presents, tree or decorations. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we do have.
We are so very thankful to have the support of all of our guests near and far. Over the past few months we have received an outpouring of kind words and donations. The donations will help us rebuild, but the words of encouragement keep us going in spirit!
Our office will be closed from December 24 until the morning of December 27, even if we have to hide Tina’s computer and change her iPad login so she cannot check the e-mails! We are determined to make her take a few days of much needed, well deserved R&R.
We send everyone warm season’s greetings. We will miss our usual “Christmas crowd” but know you will all have a toast to Guavaberry wherever you spend your holidays, and we will raise a glass to you!