Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmastime is here!

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to see what the Christmas season is like in Berlín. Obviously, it’s a lot different than Iowa. There’s no snow and it’s not nearly as cold. You don’t hear the usual Christmas songs or bake Christmas cookies. But there are Christmas decorations and lights. Various businesses and people in Berlín can “buy” a small part of the town square to decorate and advertise. There are lights, bulbs, snowman, Christmas trees, and a nativity was set up in the middle of the town square.

Even Santa Claus made an appearance. Of course, I should clarify this statement. It was a skinny, Salvadoran Santa with a somewhat scraggly beard. Also, he was an FMLN Santa, a political Santa. He came riding into town on a cart pulled by some sort of motorcycle. The cart was covered with FMLN flags and posters of Don Lito, who is the FMLN candidate for mayor next year. I guess I never knew how political Santa was.

The same night we saw Santa we went into town to the square to watch them light up all the Christmas lights for the first time. We waited for what seemed like forever, listening to people from City Hall talk endlessly about something. Finally, they turned off the main lights in the town square and turned on the Christmas lights. They were beautiful! We walked around looking at all the different lights. Then they set off fireworks. We stayed and watched for quite some time. It wasn’t Iowa, but it certainly felt like Christmas.

Setting up the nativity

Merry Christmas

Pedro's bush

Snowman without the snow

Christmas bulbs

Styrofoam nativity- love it!

Christmas tree put up by the
physical therapy foundation

Another nativity

It feels like Christmas

Ding dong!

It's Santa Claus!

FMLN Santa

He's looking skinny

Me and Santa

Santa's clowns?

Ho ho ho

I guess Santa supports Don Lito

New sign in town

The nativity

Driving into the town square

One of my second grade students

Gathered around to see Santa

All lit up

Blanca sitting by a tree



My favorite

I love all the lights

Lots of people

So beautiful

Not quite a pine tree

Christmastime is here

Pedro's tree

Walking around

Feliz Navidad

One of my favorite trees

Up by the nativity

The huge pine tree

1 comment:

Matt said...

All the lights and decorations are so beautiful. I'm so glad you got to be there to see all of that. It is a little odd without any snow. Then again, we didn't have any snow this year either.