The arrivals lounge at the Grantley Adams International Airport was enlivened with Christmas cheer and emotional reunions this Christmas Eve.
Hundreds gathered at the doors of the arrivals concourse awaiting their loved ones’ exit this afternoon from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and neighbouring Caribbean states. The anticipation was high, the mood festive, as the sounds of a tuk band echoed throughout the airport. The band was accompanied by a traditional stilt man and female masqueraders in colourful carnival garb. But the star of the homecomings was a Bajan Santa Claus who, though dressed in the customary red and white of Old Saint Nick, was not afraid to do a jig, jive and wuk up with the arriving passengers.
Couples reconnected with kisses and families with hugs but it was the joyous noise from the Maorodore-Martindale family that caught the attention of Barbados TODAY. It was a family reunion as relatives arrived from London and American cities on Monday afternoon after 3 p.m.
Janelle and Juliette Morodore were coming from New Jersey while Ria and Amar Morodore, Andrea Yearwood and Linda Morodore-Collins arrived from London.
When the group arrived, matriarch Justina Martindale engulfed her family in warm embraces. Speaking to Barbados TODAY, Ria Morodore said it was great to be back home.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. We are all excited to be here to see our family,” said Ria. She said she had been anticipating the trip back to Barbados for weeks.
“It is going to be just a big family gathering for Christmas because we came to see my gran . . . . We all live very far away so it is good to just meet up and make sure that everyone is okay,” she added.
After freezing in New Jersey for the last couple of weeks, Janelle was excited to hit the beach and enjoy the holidays with her family. Upon landing, she indicated she was eager for a sumptuous Bajan Christmas dinner.
“I’m not looking forward to anything else. I’m ready to eat right now,” she said.
Canadian Barry Parris was also eager to get a taste of his family’s Barbadian cooking. The Toronto native said he was visiting for three weeks and nothing back home could compared to the taste of home.
“The food here is crazy crazy nice. It is just good food compared to what I get in Canada – it’s good stuff,” said Parris. He revealed he was kicking off his Christmas Day celebrations with a beach outing.