At sundown, I light the candle[s]

Today, Colombians celebrate La noche de las velitas. The night of the little candles, a supposedly catholic holiday. See Wikipedia’s entry for it*. Below is an excerpt from it:

“This is believed to derive from a hanukkah tradition since a large number of paisas are from Jewish descent.”

* I have no idea why they call it Day instead of Night.

Now, I am not Paisa but from Santader.

However, I did grow up playing with dreidels around Hanukristmas™ and with groggers around Purim/Holy Week.

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The Holiday Season that wasn’t

Heartbreak

Anger

Sadness

Bitterness

Loneliness

Not a lot of Holiday spirits here, as you can see.

This holiday season easily takes the prize of the second worst Christmas ever. By like a mile.

Transplanted to a new city. Alone. Far, far away from my children. Missing Satchie.

No decorations, no yule tree, no joy, no singing, no dancing, no presents.

There’s always a first time for everything, they say. And this is the first x-mas there wasn’t any presents. In my 13 years in Canada, I’ve gotten used to the no singing, no dancing part. But there was always some decorations, some cheer, a tree, some traditional food and some presents with little monetary value but highly priced in love.

I know it is not about fancy gifts. It has never been about the money. But one of the things that give me joy is getting the people I love a present that will bring a smile to their faces. I truly enjoy shopping for presents for them. I didn’t get to do any holiday shopping, for various reasons. 1. I’ve got no family in this continent. 2. After paying first and last month rent for the place I am taking possession of next week, I was left with very little money. 3. Even if I had money, there’s that little issue of anxiety getting in the way of me going out to the ONE mall in this city.

In theory, the shopping should have been very easy since I only had to shop for the fiance (the gifts for the Sidlets were made a long time ago, when I was still in Lansingtown. Besides, I don’t think I’ll get to see them any time soon and not for a long time). But the lack of money and the anxiety of getting on a bus in a city I am not familiar with, got the best of me.

Whatever.

Actually, I lied. I did manage with the help of the fiance, to get Jay a last minute catnip fish and a can of wet food. He was very happy with bothCatnip fish

There were some good times too

With all the bad news, I totally forgot to say that there were great moments during the holidays too. And that’s never a good thingmcause I rarely lose sight of the little [big] things. Besides, it is rather uncharacteristic of me not to make a big fuss about presents and food, and presents, and snow, and presents and parties, and presents and stuff, you know?

So, fret not cause here it is, [cue fanfare] my much belated Christmas/New Years Eve post!!!*

Let’s start with Sid’s surprise birthday party:

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Surprise Christmas present

So I know I said yesterday I was back to the studio yesterday.

Well I lied. All the classes I thought I had yesterday, were really today. So I ended up working from home instead.

But! When I got to the studio today, there was a half open package waiting for me right beside the sound system.

B thought it was promo material and opened the first layer of packaging when he realized it was for me.

There was a card. And right away I knew who it was from (I had not bothered checking the return address). A very sneaky fella, that’s who.

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Yeah, that’s my foot there

Now I’m dancing and munching on Dulce de Leche Cheerios. I mean, how awesome is that?

PS: My only worry is that there won’t be any cheerios left before my daughter comes back home

Merry Christmas

Colombian Elves

Colombians celebrate Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) instead of Christmas Day so The Colombians (me and my daughter) will be celebrating tonight at Casa Colombiana (our place) with a traditional Colombian Christmas Eve meal (Chocolate con queso y arepa).

Happy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to all of you!

Santa’s Little Helper

We had our Christmas dance at Swing Dynamite tonight.

I was Santa’s Little Helper

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I’m afraid I was a little naughty*, though

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Hope Santa still brings me presents!

Footnotes:

* I figured I’d be silly for a day… Oh, who am I kidding, silly is my middle name…

SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!!!

I woke up to this!

 

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Now I don’t care I’m coughing and sneezing and my head feels like it’s going to implode any minute now. If I weren’t so sick, I’d go for a walk. No matter.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..