So, you ask, what's Christmas like in Chile? Well, I say, quite different from Christmas in the US. For starters, its smack-dab in the middle of summer. Snow? You're kidding, right?
How 'bout some sunshine? Its daylight here until past 9 o'clock. So much for outdoor Christmas lights. That's why I paint my windows. They can be seen all hours.
Here Christmas is the the 24th, at night. They stay up until midnight, exchange gifts and have a cook-out. Turkey? A few do, but they prefer the cookout!
Santa Clause? Yep. The good ole US of A has done a great job of exporting Halloween and Santa Clause. I wish they would put as much effort into sending missionaries. Oh, right, you don't make money sending out missionaries!
So, what do we do? Well, we put on a Christmas Cantata a church. This year's is called "O Holy Night" We'll have a traditional American Christmas dinner, but it will get very hot in the kitchen! Turkey and dressing, hot rolls, the Works! We'll sing Christmas carols, and read the Christmas story in the Bible. Then we'll open presents and watch our taped Christmas specials. Maybe read some Christmas stories.
Ah, life is Good!
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