Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas

Where is Christmas?
With it 80 degrees out, it has been kind of hard to be in the Christmas spirit. We almost didn't realize it was Christmas Eve on Monday. It was kind of hard to tell with so few decorations and most porteños going about their normal routines.

Actually, one big clue was the massive traffic jam as everyone was exiting the city on Friday. Afterwards, it was as if we had this whole big city to ourselves. I took advantage of it and took Mijo to the Zoo on Sunday. The zoo was empty and we had a great time. I'll post some pics tomorrow.

We spent Christmas Eve with another expat family and counted down the hours until midnight when the whole city erupted with fireworks. People were setting them off from balconies and in the streets. It was quite a sight and sound. More like what we were use to on New Years Eve before they cracked down on fireworks in the states.

We even set off a few bottle rockets using one of our many empty Malbec bottles. Our bottle rockets kept making a bee line for a balcony down the street. The people on the balcony were not too happy. ( Note to self: Large quantities of wine and fireworks do not go together.)

Actually, there is a lot to be said about the laid back version of Christmas they have here. No lights to put up. No gajillion presents to buy. No fighting over who's family you're eating Christmas dinner with. No wall-to-wall Christmas commercials. And best of all, no "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"

The kids didn't even mind Christmas without presents. It was great to focus on the true meaning for a change. Besides, they are having the experience of a life time and looking forward to our three month trip to the rest of Argentina.

We head out after New Years. We are hitting Cordoba, Mendoza, Patagonia, Bariloche, and maybe even the end of the world—Tierra Del Fuego.

We'll keep you posted with lots of photos. This is a beautiful country and I look forward to sharing it with you.

5 comments:

Pablo said...

It's funny, I have similar observations of being in Cincinnati for Christmas, apart from the craziness of shopping, nothing happens here. It's cold and no fireworks..

As for the fireworks, wait till New Years, that's bigger.

The city ends up deserted after it since most people go out for vacation, you should stay those days there to enjoy it :)

Good luck on your trip, you will love it!

Longhorn Dave said...

Pablo:

Hopefully it is not too cold for you in Cincinnati. The states and local authorities keep banning fireworks in the US.

I've already bought ours for New years. I've never seen fireworks so big in all my life. I can't believe what you can by over the counter here.

Nature Lover... said...

I just came back from Xmas in NYC, such a big fuzz they make over it.

WOW!! 3 months all over the country. that sounds amazing! I can't wait to be in Argentina.

JOTAELE said...

Dave:
You've posted "No fighting over who's family you're eating Christmas dinner with"
That's always has been an issue here!!!
Xmas en lo de mamá, Año nuevo en lo de tu hermana...and so on.
Yes our house exteriors are much less decorated than in the US, but the present shopping race is exhausting!
Saludos,
Julio

Juan said...

I agree. Christmas in Argentina is pretty boring. If it wasn't for the Christmas trees I wouldn't even realize it's Christmas.