Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

With only ten days to go, Christmas has finally arrived in the UAE.
No, you don’t get a white Christmas with snow falling outside, but then again, Christmas was never white in Brazil, so I don’t really mind…
No, you don’t get to see a glimpse of Christmas trees lighted in every single house or apartment as you pass by and look through the windows, but they are still around in hotels and malls. Nothing too extravagant this year, since the US 11 million tree put up by Emirates Palace last year seems to have caused more controversy than admiration…
No, you don’t get to see innumerous TV commercials with the popular season characters like Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the red nose reindeer, but you can always count on classic movies like Love Actually, Home Alone and White Christmas to set the mood for you…
No, you don’t get to hear Christmas songs over and over and over again everywhere you go, but this only means you get to enjoy and appreciate them even more once you randomly listen to them on the radio or when you do play your favorite Christmas CD – I just bought Michael Buble’s Christmas album and I love it…
No, you don’t get to be with your entire family and friends back home, but you do get to celebrate with a very special group of people who have become very close to you and are now part of your new life far, far away…
This may sound cheesy, but I guess Christmas will always be Christmas as long as we understand its true spirit and meaning, no matter where we are and regardless of lights, trees, presents and songs… Although I must say I do feel closer to God when I hear this super talented 11 year old girl singing – truly amazing!

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mariana and Eric :
    Merry Xtmas too ! even so farway we will be thinking of you both !
    Thanks for all the posts you wrote since the first one at your wonderful BurCArioca !