Bajans come home for ‘warm’ Christmas

The atmosphere was festive at Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday as scores Barbadians who live abroad came home for Christmas.

Brenham Lilavois (left) being warmly embraced by his grandmother Dorothy Tatem.
Brenham Lilavois (left) being warmly embraced by his grandmother Dorothy Tatem.

Among those returning to enjoy the warmth of a Barbadian Christmas was Brad Clarke.

Clarke, who has resided in San Francisco, California for the past 12 years, was home a year ago. But coming home never feels stale for the business development manager.

“[It] feels good…[and] warm” to be back home, he told Barbados TODAY. “I just came back to visit my family.”

His father, Ed Clarke, welcomed him with open arms, saying, “It’s great . . . my little boy you know, I like him home”.

From left, Erica Barco and Brad Clarke are all smiles as they are welcomed  by father Ed Clarke.
From left, Erica Barco and Brad Clarke are all smiles as they are welcomed
by father Ed Clarke.

The senior Clarke said the big plan for Christmas was “to eat a lot of food, get together, [go to the] beach”.

“And drink some rum,” interjected Brad.

Brad’s girlfriend Erica Barco, who is experiencing Christmas in Barbados for the first time, is looking forward to lots of food and parties.

Also in a celebratory mood was Gina Lilavois who arrived with her husband and two sons and was warmly greeted by her mother and father.

Gina Lilavois expressed immense joy at having a “warm Christmas” with her entire family.

“I am really happy to be in the warmth because it was really cold at home,” in reference to much colder temperatures in Maryland in the United States, where she resides.

She described Christmas as a mini family reunion and she said she planned to relax and visit relatives and friends who she had not seen in a year.

“I miss my family…the beach…the food [and] the warm weather,” said Lilavois. 

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