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.
-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!