I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Christmas in Costa Rica
Costa Rican Christmas decorations
Our family tradition with Christmas is
that we spend one year at home and the children come to us, and the
next year we go to the children for Christmas. I have found that as
Christmas gets more hectic I have enjoyed it less and less and, so I
found I was enjoying the stress free Christmases away from home. We
normally went to out son's place in Ottawa or Toronto and his
Christmases were very low key. We went from giving piles of gifts to
just stockings, and finally we skipped the gifts all together. We
made Christmas more about doing things together as a family family
rather than the traditional “Christmas Stuff”, and I found I
enjoyed it more.
This year, our daughter decided she
wanted to go to Costa Rica for her “honeymoon” during her
Christmas break and suggested we come along for Christmas. She also
invited her new husband's mom and her husband. Although she did
insist on heading off on her own for her actual “Honeymoon”. Our
son decided that “Roughing”it in Costa Rica was not his idea of a
vacation so he headed off to France instead. So, this would be a
completely different Christmas. New family members, new experiences.
Costa Rica is an amazing country. It
has the same temperature all year with an average of 25º
C every day, so it's not really the Canadian idea of Christmasy, but
I think I can live with it. The sun rises at 6:00 am and sets at 5:00
pm every day, 365 days a year. They have a rainy season and a dry
season. Their people are among the happiest in the world, and have
one of the best education and health systems. Their life expectancy
is as good as most “highly developed” countries at 79 years.
What's not to like here?
hosts here at the villa tried to make the place a bit Christmasy with
a little artificial tree and a twinkling centre-piece, as well as
three cute Santa hats and a huge poinsettia, but often we forgot to
turn the tree on and the twinkling centre-piece was a nuisance so got
girls did go Christmas dinner shopping and although I suggested that
Costa Ricans did not eat turkey, they found a butterball so it was
purchased and carted up the mountain. The new son-in-law Derek made
his delicious pizza for Christmas eve, and although he complained
about having to use a mix for the dough, they turned out as good as
daughter Alisha made her usual eggs Benedict for breakfast on
Christmas morning. Getting Christmas Dinner going was a problem
because it was hard to get everyone out of the pool to get things
ready. Everything did however fall into place as it always does, and
Christmas dinner was a huge success.
it was a bit odd eating it out in the gazebo beside the pool. It was
however warm, comfortable relaxing, and delicious.
hope everyone else had a wonderful holiday season as well.
Merry Christmas From Costa Rica (Nolan, Mary, Art, Regis, Derek & Alisha)