As you might remember from an earlier post, we picked up our tree ages ago and it has brought much light and beauty into our house for all of December. I was almost a bit worried that it might not keep till Christmas in the heat and in the improvised foot (i.e. bucket with rocks in and fairy lights wrapped around – gorgeous!). We also picked up a gorgeous poinsettia from the farmers market to decorate our porch with. I found two gorgeous ceramic angels at a ceramic shop on the Calle Vieja from Santa Ana to Escazu that sells beautiful handmade things. These are now lighting up a corner in our house as well, making the atmosphere even more Christmassy.
I started to prepare the Christmas present baskets early December already. Little by little the two wicker baskets started to fill up with small presents from over here, but when my sister arrived halfway through December the baskets got a massive boost with tons of presents from back home. My mum’s arrival a few days later again brought many many more presents to be added to the baskets, so many that by Christmas eve they were overflowing of goodies. Most of them for little E. Of course.
Having imported my mum for Christmas meant that this year I would get some delicious Finnish Christmas food! Mum made us lovely “potatislada” and “morotslada” as well as some good old rice porridge (obviously with the almond hidden in it) while I had found a smoked ham (imported from Mexico) in the supermarket and sourced some local hot smoked trout from the German lady we buy all our bread and sausages from at the Santa Ana market. We had baked ginger bread cookies with my sister and I had made a Christmas cake with a tropical twist (added bananas) so our sweet tooth was taken care of. (Well, obviously there was no shortage of sweets anyways with lots brought over from Finland as well as me seeing to it that we had some from the local supermarket as well…)
The lunch was a bit of a shock to J I think. We have rice pudding with sugar and cinnamon on, with ham sandwiches on the side. Heh. A bit of a random mix, but very delicious and typical for Finnish Christmas. In the end J got the almond and according to our family traditions he then gets to pick the first present from under the Christmas tree. I thought it was so nice that he got the almond and got to experience our family tradition in this way. I didnt realise it would send him off on a power trip as “The Almond King” claiming the right to rule over all presents…
Finally at about 6pm, with Christmas music in the background, the tree lights on, candles spread out in every corner of our little house we enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner while little E was sleeping. And after dinner there were the presents of course.. My two wicker baskets full of presents had been sitting under the tree just waiting for us for DAYS it felt like, and now it was finally time to dig in. What we realised very quickly was that little E was definitely the Princess of Presents. About 95% of all presents were for her. Im a bit divided about this. Part of me was super excited about it and loved all the lovely things she got. Part of me was a bit shocked by the realisation that my “share” of presents from my parents and sisters and family would from now on actually go to E. Hmm. Well, I guess Ill get over it by next Christmas.
We shuffled off to bed at about 10pm. Such a late night again for someone who is used to crashing into bed at 7pm. But such a wonderful night… Merry Christmas everyone!