Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas in Uruguay

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Christmas fireworks Uruguay First of all, there is no such a thing as white Christmas in Uruguay, for two reasons. The first one is that in this hemisphere is summer time, the second being that it never snows in Uruguay (a great deal of Uruguayans don’t know snow), so even if it were winter, it wouldn’t be white anyway. In hot summers here is more like sweating Christmas.

Santa Claus here is called Papa Noel, and his associates here deliver all the Christmas presents at 12’ o clock sharp. So children expect presents to appear right away under their noses and they are a tough clientele. Yes, yes, HoHoHO! For some weird reason Santa Claus has this weird way of laughing over here too, although here is spelled more like JOJOJO ;)

There are no Christmas vacations, school period goes from March till December, school has already finished a month ago. For working guys such as myself, the 24th is workable only until noon, and the 25th is a non workable holiday. Unfortunately this year both days fell in weekend days which sucked.

Christmas holy mangerPreparations for Christmas’ eve and Christmas day include setting up your own Christmas tree. Some people like to have it natural, in such a case you have to go and get some pine tree somewhere, which is becoming uncommon. Another thing to do is to make one little holy manger usually within the fireplace, with ceramic figures, and rock paper. Some families also leave the little Jesus spot empty in the manger until Christmas day arrives.

Christmas fireworks uruguay

Christmas is celebrated typically in the following manner: families gather on a Christmas’s eve dinner, spend the evening together, until the clock ticks twelve. When Christmas day finally does arrive, everyone hugs each other, parents put up a children’s deceiving show telling them to look at some nonexistent star in the sky where Santa is supposedly coming from (here the north pole Santa’s elves factory thing is not very spread), also this scheme lends to several possible variations. While the children are looking at the sky after some decoy the other parent or some relative puts the presents beneath the Christmas tree, and shouts notifying of the sudden arrival and departure of Santa. Everyone else who is not involved in this children deceiving scheme may probably be playing with fireworks, making a lot of noise, lighting up the city, eventually getting a hand burned.

Christmas fireworks Montevideo

Ciudad Vieja Montevideo UruguayAfter all of this in Montevideo the two more interesting spots to be are “La Rambla” where people usually park their cars and put music real loud, dancing and drinking by the beach, or in ciudad vieja where there are a lot of pubs to hang out.

By the way... HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!! FELIZ NAVIDAD!!
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34 comments:

Fede said...

buenísimas fotos! no tenés una versión en español de estos para mostrar a los españoles?
saludos

gabo_uy said...

no, por ahora no, la idea es buena, pero el esfuerzo que implica escribir
cada artículo x2 no es menor

James said...

Merry Christmas! My wife and I were in Uruguay in November and had an amazing time. I wish we could have spent Christmas with you instead of here in snowy Canada!!

Anonymous said...

wow, diodnt know that!

Anonymous said...

Kool thanx i really needed this for my report!!

Anonymous said...

wow thanks that really came in handy!! Merry xmas...and happy hanaukah!

Anonymous said...

Wow Thankyou wery much, your incredible detail about your holiday really helped me with my spanish project. Gracious Mucho

Anonymous said...

Hola, mi llamo tito. me encanta tus fotos. tienes un muy bien celebracion


adios

Anonymous said...

gracies, thank you for the help.i really needed it for my project

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info it helped me alot on my spanish project!!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you your information it really helped me with my spanish project!!! A here i come!lol Merry Christmas!!

Anthony said...

thanks i needed this for my spanish project

Not a dumb blonde! :) said...

Thanks this really helped me wiht my project!
i have to write 5oo words in english and spanish in Christmad In Uruguay!!

Anonymous said...

Wow that was a great discription and thanks for the pictures I hope i Get an A+!!1

Anonymous said...

¡Gracias! Yo tengo un proyecto y este sitio fue una ayuda grande. Gracias para leer esto también.

Thanks....I hope that my Spanish is correct, sorry if I made mistakes, I'm still confused on a few things, like how to say thanks for reading this.

Espero que lo es correcto.

I admit to using a translator to check it....and it says I should've said Espero que sea correcto, but I've never heard of that and I am not sure if I should trust it....¡Gracias una ves más!

gabouy said...

hi, i'm glad my blog helped you with your project.

Seems you should trust that translator, also I wouldn't say "ayuda grande"...but... "gran ayuda" instead.

buena suerte con eso!

Anonymous said...

Thanks dude, you helped me out with my project as well! haha
and as for the kid above be, seas is a form of ser (the aubjunctive?)
it implies doubt or uncertainty
Espero que usted aprenda esa regla!
I say aprenda (not aprende) because I don't really know if you will learn the rule or not..

Anonymous said...

i meant above me*
and
subjunctive*

Anonymous said...

Okay, thanks....(this is that kid from before...)

Well, yeah, I just tuaght myself a bit of the subjunctive stuff a little after I did this project. (which I recieved a high grade on, by the way, thanks again.) I have not learned how to conjugate ser yet, I'm going to look it up now. And I'm never really sure when to put the adjective in front of the noun, or after it. My teacher has yet to teach us those nuances. Thanks for the quick lesson.

Leandro Cantera said...

hiii.. I'm Leandro Cantera, i'm uruguayan and i have been enjoing uruguayan christmas since i was born =)=)

bueno.. ahora voy a hablar en español porque hoy estube con 5 horas de clase de inglés continunas y no estoy con ganas de seguir hablando jejeje

Me gusta que todavía exista gente con la motivación para aprender español y aunque escriban con errores estan aprendiendo =)=)... y que se interesen por sudamérica y más precisamente por Uruguay

Llegué a este blog medio que por error, estaba navegando en internet buscando visas de work and travel para ir a canadá por un año y no se porqué caí en este blog... pero me puse a leer y me surgió la duda de de donde es el creador de este blog, y me intriga también la procedencia de la gente que postea, si son uruguayos que radican en el exterior o son extrangeros que probablemente nunca visitaron uruguay... por eso me gustaría informarme más sobre este blog, que es muy pero muy peculiar =)=)

well... hope u undesrtand me and i'd love to have an answer for my questions, maybe if i'm lucky i could get some information of a working holiday visa if you are related with Canada and I guess you are related with canada becouse otherwise i wouldn't arrive here :):)

so bye bye and i'll be reading the next articles

bye bye :):)

Anonymous said...

wow thanks that really came in handy!! Merry xmas...and happy hanaukah!
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Andi said...

Thanks, that really helped me with my report about Uruguay. :) Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thx needed it for report

Anonymous said...

Wow thanks i had a spanish project on Christmas in Spanish speaking countries. Thanks for all the good info.

Medyum said...

no, por ahora no, la idea es buena, pero el esfuerzo que implica escribir
cada artículo x2 no es menor

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

christmas in uruguay is the interesting topic i have ever heard of

Lizzy said...

¡Muchas gracias! Yo necesitaba aprender de Uruguay para mi proyecto español y este artículo me ayudó mucho!

Anonymous said...



This was so helpful! Gracias! :)

Anonymous said...

Feliz Navi Dad! And thanks for your help, i now know nothing now.
BYE NOW

Anonymous said...

YOU ALL LOOK LIKE POTATOES

Anonymous said...

I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO U R GAY ITS MY FAVOUTIRTE LAND OF THE PIXIE DICKS