So here we are, at the conclusion of another year.
We spent Christmas Eve dashing around the feria in search of sage and flowers in the exhausting heat, and then cooking all afternoon. The market was a disaster but I did admire the resourcefulness of the stallholders – one guy was selling only rubbish bags!
We walked around Recoleta looking at all the lights because every second house was lit up to the nines. In Chile, Christmas is generally celebrated with a late dinner and family, whose hypo children become even more so when the clock strikes midnight. The focus is on the food more than the presents, (so far in my experience the gift-giving has not been as extravagant as in New Zealand). We spent a nice evening with Luis’ family in Huechuraba and Emilio chereographed several ballet shows for us to watch (!).
Christmas Day was almost like a non-event. Everything went back to normal, with people back to work (and really hungover). We celebrated a NZ/English Christmas with lots of trifle and gravy, and enjoyed the presents sent by my parents. We bought Emilio a trampoline (a tiddly one!) and he spent all yesterday on it, and first thing this morning too!
Merry Christmas to all of you who have been reading my blog, and thank you for taking the time to comment during the last few months. It is so exciting when I log on and see comments! I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve as well – may 2016 be filled with happiness for you!