If your rock is anything like mine, the odds are high that you’ve been audibly accosted by Mariah Carey and other 90s gems crooning holiday tunes everywhere you go for weeks now – perhaps even months. This year, it all began for me when I walked past a surf shop back in July that was piping Frosty the Snowman out of their speakers onto the street. In JULY! A surf shop! I went in to make a formal complaint, citing the obvious seasonal inaccuracy, and the woman told me there was no way she was turning it off – it was her favorite song apparently and – no lie – “Christmas will be here soon!”. More recently, after my grocery shopping trip the other day, I spent the rest of the afternoon involuntarily humming along to a persistently catchy Christmas Calypso song. I want my brain back! Christmas inception, even in the Caribbean, has proven impossible to escape.

I’m no Ebenezer, though there’s something about this time of year that just feels a little “off” in the tropics. I have a hard time embracing the spirit. We’re sand, sunshine, and rum – not snowflakes, fir trees, and hot cocoa. I don’t see the point in pretending otherwise. And even if Santa Claus does make an appearance, his choice of a red velour jumpsuit in 80+ degrees is nonsensical, at best.

Yes, the holidays in the islands provide such a delightfully odd juxtaposition of everything most of us tend to associate with Christmas and the like. Sunburnt wintergreen trees on the beach, icicle string lights hung under the blasting Caribbean sun, bartenders sweating bullets under their Santa hats… Ho, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum!

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To officially kick off the holiday season, we thought it would be fun to have our first Holiday Hijinks in the Islands photo contest. Here’s the details on how you can join in…

– Holiday Hijinks in the Islands Photo Contest –

HOW TO ENTER

Visit the Women Who Live on Rocks Facebook page and send us your photo in a private message to the page. Once we receive it, we will upload your photo to the album, “Holiday Hijinks Island Photo Contest 2014”. Feel free to include any applicable captions that you think would help to better explain your entry. (And don’t worry – we will be sure to include your name for appropriate photo credit.)

*The cut-off date for photo submissions is Tuesday, December 30th.*

WHO/WHAT TYPES OF PHOTOS ARE ELIGIBLE

Your photo must belong to you and must be taken on a tropical island. Anything in the holiday theme will be accepted – though funny pictures of particularly quirky island oddities are always our fav. Everyone is eligible to participate – whether you live on a rock or not. You may submit as many photos as you desire, so long as they meet the qualifications.

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HOW TO WIN

Once you see your photo has been added to the “Holiday Hijinks Island Photo Contest 2014” album on our Facebook page, feel free to share it from there and help your photo get “likes”. Obviously, the sooner you submit your photos, the better chance they will have in garnering attention.

The 6 photos with the most “likes” as of Friday, January 2nd will be our finalists. Out of the 6 finalists, we (Ashley and I) will select our three favorites as the contest winners, which we will announce on Saturday, January 3rd on our Facebook page.

WHAT YOU WILL WIN aka *THE PRIZES!*

We’re excited to announce the launch of Women Who Live on Rocks – THE SHOP! Our new online shop is full of our signature swag – hats, apparel, decals, tote bags, drinkware, and more – lots of fun and funny gear perfect for island life (and Christmas gifts! *wink wink*). Everything is officially available for purchase starting today.

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The 3 winners of the photo contest will receive any one item of their choosing from our new store!

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We’re looking forward to seeing a peek of what the holidays are like on your rock.

Get snapping, people – the contest begins NOW!

Written By:

Chrissann Nickel

Current Rock of Residence:

Virgin Gorda, BVI

Island Girl Since:

2006

Originally Hails From:

California

Chrissann’s home rock in the British Virgin Islands feels bigger to her than it actually is. Though after spending five years on a teensy one acre island, the current 13-mile long rock she’s residing on now IS ginormous, at least by comparison. As with everything in the tropics, it’s all about perspective.

Once upon a time she used to care about things like matching her purse to her pumps but these days, any activities that require a bra and shoes go under careful, is-this-even-worth-it consideration. If island life has taught her anything at all, it’s that few things are more rewarding than time spent in the pool with a cocktail in hand.

As the Editor in Chief of this site, she spends her days working from home with her blue-eyed sidekick, Island Dog Diego, writing, editing, and cultivating content in the hopes of bringing some laughter and lightness to her fellow island souls. She recently published her first children’s book, When You’re a Baby Who Lives on a Rock, and is pretty pumped to share it with all of the island mamas out there. Her days off are typically spent boating, hiking, and meeting up with the neighborhood’s imperious roadside goats, who she shamelessly bribes into friendship. While normalcy was never listed as one of her special skills, Caribbean life may indeed be responsible for new levels of madness. She attributes at least a smidge of her insanity to the amount of time she spends talking to drunk people.

If you’re somehow still reading this and feel inclined to find out more about this “Chrissann” of which we speak, you can also take a gander at her eponymous website or follow her daily escapades on Instagram @womanonarock.

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