I crawled into bed after getting Maya off to school. It was several hours later when I finally started moving. I had to restock the house so a Megamaxi run was in order, but I got entirely distracted by the Christmas store and decided that we needed to decorate for Christmas. Despite all the good reasons to get an artificial tree, I simply cannot have anything but a real one, so I will have to make inquiries about where to find one. I am told that none are available to buy, but I cannot imagine that to be true. I was entranced by all the Christmas decorations and was reminded of how much I love everything about Christmas. We will be returning to Florida and Baltimore for the holiday to see family and friends, but we have three weeks here until we go, so we will be participating in the Ecuadorian traditions.
Nearby Megamaxi Store
Until December 6, the city will be full of Fiesta de Quito activities, which of course we will take part in. I wanted to know more about what traditions are typical for the average Ecuadorian, so I learned from Pamela that for the nine days before Christmas, there is a nightly celebration about the birth of Jesus, and the family gets together and prays for Jesus and has a special meal. Christmas proper happens December 24. I have a Spanish class tomorrow and will ask Amparo more about her traditions. I remember her telling me that it is customary to have a nativity scene and that the little baby Jesus is blessed in the church on Christmas Eve.
Maya started decorating her room when she came home yesterday and I added some more Christmas decorations today. We will have an Ecuadorian Christmas, and then have our traditional Christmas with family, so we will have a double celebration.