Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...


Or Christmas...

When you live in a Latin culture (like Spanish speaking Puerto Rico, like me), the holiday greetings can be quite different. Traditions can also be very different, but are definitely new and exciting.

For instance, all the Christmas parties, that we've been invited to, are scheduled between December 28-January 12...after Christmas...hmmm, a bit out of OUR norm. I'm sure this happens because the people celebrate Three Kings Day (Dia de Reyes), and that celebration is usually bigger than Christmas Day.

But alas, because we are traveling back to Kansas for the holidays, we will miss out on most of the festivities in Puerto Rico. Though, we have tried to participate in a few activities before we leave, like:

-Mall walking: we went to Plaza Las Americas (the really big mall here) to walk around and look at decorations.

To our surprise, in towards the middle of the mall (near Santa) it snows...faux snow of course (think almost bubbles), but fun anyway.

-Santa: speaking of the mall, Widget had the chance to sit on Santa's lap. When I asked Widget what she wanted for Christmas about a month ago, I was pleasantly surprised that her want list was almost identical to my previously purchased/shopping list...I had thought I must be an awesome Mom to have anticipated her four year-old 'needs.' I think I even gave myself a pat on the back for a job well done. However, over this last week, her requests to Santa have morphed...she now wants a Barbie, stickers and a Teddy Bear-only those three items. The Teddy Bear was on her prior list (the only one of the three on the prior list), but I had re-directed her focusses elsewhere (for a limited time, apparently). She might be rather disappointed on Christmas Day when Santa does not bring her a Barbie (and most likely not a Teddy Bear either). We are pretty sure she'll be excited for the gifts she will receive, but she has surprised us in the past ;)

-Play dough: the other day, Widget had the opportunity to play with play dough after completing her school work. She had been chatting to herself about making a baby Jesus, then it transformed into an Angel when she decided the figure must have wings. Her idea inspired me, so I pulled up a chair and created this nativity. It is made with brighter colors than I would have normally used, but it's what we had on hand...and the color scheme is very fitting to Puerto Rico.

-Wrapping packages: I've been prepping gifts for travel (both for snail mail and suitcase trips) the last couple of days. These are the most recent presents I've been working on: gifts for my sis-in-law and her family in Utah. The packages just looked so pretty, I had to take a picture. The only gift not shown is the one for my bro-in-law...because it is an odd shape, and I hadn't figured out how to wrap it yet. When looking under the tree (at my in-laws and our house) you can tell which packages are from me (or the Hubs or Widget) because I always buy metallic, usually silver, and/or black and white prints. I still have some awesome  black and white hounds-tooth paper (super heavy thick, from HobLob) at home in Missouri, and some tone on tone silver polka-dots too. But here in PR I have silver and black hounds-tooth...the best of both worlds, right?!?!

-Decorating: we have decorated the house a bit...but only a bit. This is the full extent of our Christmas decorating this year. I didn't want to go to all the fuss when we wouldn't be here to enjoy it, or not be able take any new decorations back with us to Missouri. So, we settled on mini trees (about $6 each at HomeDepot), mini train ($2.99 at CVS), glitter ornaments ($1 each at Walmart), and glitter bows ($1 each at Capri).

And what about shopping? Is your shopping complete for the season? Or is your shopping not finalized until the stores close on Christmas Eve?

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. I'm in love with those glitter bows!

  2. How fun is that fake snow in the mall! That's awesome. I'm loving those wrapped presents and your holiday vignette! And I think there will be a little bit of last minute spending on Christmas Eve - we'll be traveling a few days before Christmas day, and the in-laws love to all go out shopping together as a family beforehand.


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