Calurosa Navidad

Christmas is five days away, and I still haven’t come to terms with the fact that I am not going home. I am staying here in Chile where it is ANYTHING BUT chilly. In fact, it is currently approximately 90 F out and I am sitting here in a sun dress with the fan blowing on me.

Despite the fact that the things I like most about Christmas (spending it with family and singing carols) won’t be happening this year, I don’t want to be a Grinch. I’m trying my hardest to somehow get into the Christmas spirit. I love baking, and so my sugar cookie dough is in the fridge right now and when it gets a bit cooler out (hopefully around 9 or 10pm) I’ll bake some cookies. I’ve also been listening to some Christmas carols, and skipping any that talk about snow.

This morning, a former student of mine sent me this video from 31 minutos which was a TV series that ran both on the Chilean national channel (TVN) and Nickelodeon in Latin America. It’s a “children’s” show, but everyone used to watch it because it’s so funny and good.

This is what it’s like to have Christmas in Chile.

This is my favorite part:

Voy a la piscina porque hoy es Navidad
De postre hay sandia porque hoy celebramos Navidad
Mi abuela está en la tina porque hoy es Navidad
Mojo a la vecina porque hoy festejamos Navidad

I go to the pool because today is Christmas
There’s watermelon for desert because today we celebrate Christmas
My grandma is in the tub because today is Christmas
I’m watering down the neighbor because today we celebrate Christmas

So this year will be a bit different for me, but as of now I’ve decided I’m going to enjoy it as much as possible. On the 24th I’m going to my host sister’s house with my entire host family for Christmas dinner, and to watch Santa come at midnight. Then on the 25th I will open stockings with my real family via Skype (that is, if a certain package arrives on time!).

In which hemisphere are you celebrating Christmas?

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11 thoughts on “Calurosa Navidad

  1. This will be my first complete Christmas in Chile and I’m feeling it, too. Although, I while must admit that I had lots of Christmas before I left for Chile, it still doesn’t feel Christmas-y. Oh well… Here’s to new traditions an all!

    • I find that if I go into the air conditioned grocery store, close my eyes, and listen to the Christmas music, it feels a tiny bit like Christmas. That is, until the grumpy old lady asks me to move out of her way and then proceeds to call me an imbecile (true story). Oh well!

  2. This will be my first complete Christmas in Chile and I’m feeling it, too. Although, I while must admit that I had lots of Christmas before I left for Chile, it still doesn’t feel Christmas-y. Oh well… Here’s to new traditions an all!

    • I find that if I go into the air conditioned grocery store, close my eyes, and listen to the Christmas music, it feels a tiny bit like Christmas. That is, until the grumpy old lady asks me to move out of her way and then proceeds to call me an imbecile (true story). Oh well!

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