Christmas is not what it used to be. This is our first Christmas tree in Aquacate, Costa Rica. It is home made and Corina and I made it. It feels like an old fashion start to Christmas. You know, making the decorations for the tree by hand. Wire mesh, paper bulbs, paper chain to go around the tree; wood to be a base for the mesh and paper stars. We were going to string popcorn but the ants have been a problem lately so we passed on popcorn. The Angel is in the process of being made tonight by Corina. The only thing we bought for the tree are a string of lights we paid three mil for(six dollars). All the materials were left over from other projects.
I can not remember what we did for Christmas last year. That is why we decided to do something this year for ourselves. Before my wife passed away we enjoyed the Christmas Holidays. She was big on Christmas, there were times when we left at midnight on Christmas Eve and got home at six- thirty in the morning to the in laws house for breakfast. We would be up for two days, relatives did not realize the kind of effort we made. I am not complaining, just stating the facts, but we both loved the holiday. My wife would shop year round for the nieces and nephews. We would spend a couple thousand dollars on presents for the kids. We did not have kids in our marriage and she loved kids. When Marian died it was difficult to enjoy the Holidays. I enjoyed going to family and friends places at this time of year, but I fell away from the practice of family enjoyment.
The last few years I began sending out electronic cards for Holidays, birthdays anniversaries. I lost the dates of my families birthdays, but I am beginning to get them all. I use Blue Mountain cards that send me notices of family and friends important dates. Marian was the Sorceress Of cards and spent a mini fortune to send them out. Corina and I decided we were going to be more productive this Christmas; make chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, fudge, brownies, pound cake, gingerbread man cookies, peanut butter cookies and give them out to our new Costa Rican friends.
On Christmas Day we will cook Prime Rib, Bake potato, asparagus, and homemade rolls. We will have a baked Apple pancake for breakfast which was a tradition I never broke. We will not give each other presents because our cabina we are building is our Christmas and New Years present. We are having a wonderful time making the Christmas tree and will enjoy baking our Christmas desserts. If you get lost at a Christmas time look for a way to help others or bring back the old Christmas.
Pura Vida! Felis Navidad!
It comes once a year
Of celebration and good cheer
Egg nog and Christmas gifts
No time for family rifts
Too bad it doesn’t happen every day
Being in a human way
Love and compassion year round
The music would make a beautiful sound
Donations would flourish
Giving to people you do not cherish
Orphans would be adopted
Being kind wouldn’t be prompted
Holding hands, hugs and kisses
I love you’s to your misses
Christmas should be everyday
A gift of the heart today