Happy Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve! As in Spain, Nochebuena in South America is celebrated with family and a midnight dinner feast. Catholic traditions, mixed with indigenous and African cultures, have created many South American Christmas traditions that differ from celebrations in other countries. 1) For example, Nativity scenes of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are more […]Read more
Fa La Merry Grinchmas to You!
We like to tour the city in December and find the most busily decorated house. We head to the sparkly side of town to observe the lights, snow people, garlands, wreaths, and… the unexpected. See if you can find the snow person in the tree, Rudolph on a bicycle, and the Grinch (hard to miss […]Read more
December Free Verse Poetry Challenge/Reto poetico libre verso de diciembre
Thank you writers, for wonderful poems from near and far! This month our poets are from Puerto Rico, the United States, the UK, and Mexico. Five are new for this challenge and one is shared from a published work. I love the traditions shared and the skillful use of both languages. I appreciate the words […]Read more
Santa or the 3 Wise Guys?
In the United States, St. Nick is a national obsession. His likeness is big business; tree ornaments, droopy red hats, pajamas, sweaters and bath mats stamped with his image. Most recently he’s been turning up as inflatable outdoor decorations! Why is Santa so central to winter giving traditions in the United States? Let’s talk a […]Read more
A Chilean Christmas
What does December bring to mind? Snow drifts? Elves? Menorahs? Holiday lights? Most likely winter. Could summer arrive in December? As someone who grew up at 45ºN latitude, the question seems absurd. Although, later in Texas I experienced Decembers that were not very cold, they were still called winter. In Arizona and New Mexico, people […]Read more