and in Puerto Rico the christmas decorations came up already last week – even before Thanksgiving (apparently it’s a rule in the US that it is ok to decorate for christmas after Thanksgiving). The people who live in our condominium (bostadsrätt in Swedish) were decorating the entrance and the lobby last week and it’s really nice now with the christmas tree and lots of christmas lights (only white, so quite discreet).
Outside the supermarkets, just like in Sweden, the christmas trees are sold – $ 39.99 (how much do they cost in Sweden & Belgium, I have no idea!?). I was asking our relocation manager today if the trees really keep until christmas, she said that yes, as long as you water them! Back at home in Sweden we bring in our christmas tree on the 23rd December, water it everyday and still it’s getting quite dry and losing its needles by New Year! They also sell the plants that we call “christmas stars” in Swedish (julstjärna), and in Spanish they are called pascua (if I haven’t misunderstood as it also means Easter*!), and in English pointsettia. I bought one last week, but I’m not so sure about buying a real christmas tree… I have an inflatable one 😉 but maybe we’ll try to get a fake one (more environmentally friendly, can you imagine how far those real trees have travelled to get to the Caribbean!??), because where would we otherwise put the christmas presents??
We visited the Old San Juan on Sunday evening and it was so beautiful with all the christmas lights – we strolled down Paseo la princesa where a band was playing Spanish songs and the old people were dancing, with the ocean in the background. Wow!
Annika wrote today that some people might think that it is too early for christmas decorations, but I think that at least here in Puerto Rico it is quite appropriate – how would you otherwise know that it is soon christmas? The weather is still sunny and hot, and the palm trees are just as green as before!
I think that I might get some decorations up soon, I have my pointsettia/christmas star/pascua, a calendar candle (the numbers 1-24 are painted on the candle, you light it a little every day and when you are down to 24 – it’s Christmas eve!) is already in the candle holder for Saturday the 1st December, and O’s chocolate advent calendar is waiting for him in the fridge 🙂 I should also figure out how we can put up the advent stars in the windows – check out how cosy it looks in my friend M’s apartment in Brussels.
*) in plural Pascuas means Christmas! Very strange and O could not explain it to me, Easter in singular, Christmas in plural?! Last year his mother wished me Feliz Pascuas at Christmas, needless to say that I was very confused, ha ha.