No snow, but sand!
Christmas means summer vacation here, though the holidays are still celebrated with gusto and color. Below are some of the many Christmas displays throughout the city.
A Charlie Brown Christmas tree
Yes, I have a small, but sufficient tree purchased for a mere 2 reis (cheap) at Walmart! It still put me in the festive spirit!
I attended the PACA school Christmas program, and an evening of song and scripture reading at the Calvary International (English speaking) church I attend. The Morumbi Baptist church put on a production entitled 'a Alegria do Natal," which presented the joy of the birth of Jesus through a circus themed production, complete with acrobatics, dancing, singing and even a fire breather! As crazy as that sounds, it was beautiful and presented the Gospel very clearly.
Vila Andrade - it's a Wrap!
The community center wrapped up its program for the year, with the children making Christmas crafts and performing at the churches. I helped put together their Christmas packages, consisting of either a doll or truck, plus cookies and a hygiene kit, that they received at their Christmas party. The mother's of the children attending the social project also put together a Brazilian-themed Christmas program