Enjoying The Traditions Of A Costa Rican Christmas

After years of traveling the world, I have to say that I enjoyed the month of December that I spent in Costa Rica. While it was a little on the colder side of things, I enjoyed the atmosphere and the culture.

What first entrapped me were the lights. So many lights! For the entire time that I was there, you couldn’t walk down the street at night without being treated to displays of Christmas lights.

San Jose was my favorite, wit the tropical trees wrapped in Christmas lights and incorporated into the overall displays.

Enjoying The Traditions Of A Costa Rican Christmas

Of course, it was hard to tell whether there were more lights or Christmas trees! There were Christmas trees everywhere!

People had them inside their homes, outside their homes, in the malls, in the fields of farmers I visited…everywhere! Of course, not all of them were real. The outside ones were largely from the Groupon Coupons page for Balsam Hill, but they looked almost identical to the real thing!

However many there were, it was more than enough to be constantly smelling pine as I walked around.

One aspect of Christmas that I had forgotten about, but which Costa Ricans have maintained and embraced are nativity scenes. Outside very Church was a nativity scene, some with real people playing the parts and others with mannequins. The host family I was staying at took me to their children’s school where they had their own nativity scenes on display.

Of course, on the total flip side of the culture were Bullfights! That’s right! The ones that you see on the TV are almost real. Real in the fact that they occur, however not so real in the fact that it isn’t as comical as TV would have you believe.

This was a strange mix for me, walking past children singing carols and getting on a bus to visit a bullfight. But, it was the custom so I indulged.

Do I want to go back to Costa Rica for Christmas, again? Absolutely! In a heartbeat! Buy me the tickets, right now! Will I? That’s hard to say. As much as I loved my experiences, I am always looking for a new adventure and new people and places to see.

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