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Looking forward to Christmas in Costa Rica

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It brings back childhood memories.

Can that be Christmas lights and trees in the local department stores?

You bet, because Costa Ricans do not have Thanksgiving to bracket the December holiday season. But they do have Black Friday, which seems to be universal.

All those shipping containers from China carrying traditional Christmas decorations are already at the docks and soon the decorations, trees, wreaths and all will be crowding out other items on the store floors and shelves.

The calendar shows that there are only about 80 days left until Christmas week. For those in business, the calendar also says that aguinaldos, the fat, mandatory Christmas bonus is due to be paid to employees in the first two weeks of December. This is one reason Costa Ricans have such a festive Yule.

The Costa Rican Christmas is very much like a 1950s Christmas in the United States. Those were the days when the American Civil Liberties Union had better things to do than crack down on nativity scenes and Santas. Costa Ricans are unashamed to link the holiday closely with the birth of Jesus. The municipalities pitch in, and tax money is spent hanging decorations along the streets, putting a nativity scene on the lawn of the supreme court and sponsoring the gigantic Festival de la Luz that draws perhaps a million people to the sidewalks of San José. The festival this year is Dec. 13.

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Deo Vindice


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