Dec 20, 2020

Christmas In Puerto Rico ~

Traditions touch us, they connect us, and they expand us...

 The other night Arvid and I drove around town
 and checked out some of the Christmas lights.
 Such a wonderful time of the year. Loved it.

We are really enjoying living in this "sleepy" town.
Quiet, not much traffic and very easy to move around.

Many Puerto Ricans will attend a midnight ☄🎇
 mass known as Misa de Gallo, where they welcome
 Christmas as a commemoration of the birth of Jesus.

Puerto Rico takes pride in having the longest holiday 
season in the world. On the island, la Navidad lasts around 45 days,
 starting right after Thanksgiving Day in November, extending 
through mid-January, and culminating with the Fiestas de 
la Calle San Sebastianalso known as la SanSe.

parranda or trulla is the boricua version of a 
Christmas Carol. Friends and families gather in front of a
 house  usually after 10:00 p.m. – with instruments like
 panderos, maracas, güiros, cuatros, and guitars to
 sing aguinaldos (traditional Christmas songs)

The idea is to surprise the household, so the 
parranderos round up as quietly as possible and then 
break into song with the intention of waking people up 
with joyful and jubilant music. It is a tradition for
 the household to offer refreshments and then join 
the group to bring the party to the next house. 
Sometimes, parrandas can last until sunrise😍

We grew up with these traditions.  Some of the most 
beautiful memories were right here in Puerto Rico. 

Puerto Ricans usually put up their Christmas
 trees and decorations by Thanksgiving and don’t take
 them down until mid-January, so the island feels 
especially magical during the holiday season. 

With town squares and houses lit up with Santa 
Clauses and snowflakes as well as local designs 
like jibaritos, Puerto Rico turns into a tropical winter 
wonderland where every corner is a photo opportunity.

We enjoyed the evening, and we even made new furry friends.
  Fortunately, I always carry food with me so we made 
a couple of kitties happy.  Also made me happy.

I know that everything essential and great 
originated from the fact that the human being
 had a homeland and was rooted in tradition..