This was my second Christmas in Brazil, and I was sad that we didn't get to go to my US home this year to alternate. Of course I miss everyone at my US home, but I've found that if I just focus on enjoying the moment here, I do okay and don't get too sad. This year was particularly nice for the following reasons:
*Jamie was here!
*The nice Christmas Eve dinner was held at Alexandre's parents' house this year instead of his aunt's house, like last year (just more comfortable and less socialite-y)
*Alexandre's mother is obsessed with Christmas decorations, and as a result, decorates her house as much as my grandma does and plays Christmas music and everything
*The food was deliiccciiiiooouuusss, and the FIL made turkey and ham instead of repeating last year's shellfish platters (so more familiar and traditional for me)
*Alexandre's cousin brought her boyfriend, and so we had some more young people to talk to.
The Three Musketeers
hubba hubba, husfriend!
Being silly... "It's CHRISTMAS!"
Alexandre's cousin and her boyfriend, and us sneaking into their nice picture last minute
I don't know if other Brazilian families are the same, but Alexandre's family celebrates on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas day. So Christmas day was pretty uneventful-- we slept in, had leftovers for lunch, and then drove to the beeeaaaachhh. :D But I also got to talk to all my American family back home before we left, which added to the not-too-bad homesickness. :) And I only "had a little cry" (as my grandma (Nanny) would say).
I think we're also at a point where I can stop referring to Alexandre's family as "Alexandre's family" and refer to them as "my family", because Christmas really felt like that, like they're my family too. :)
Ok? So no worrying, all you family over in Californ-i-a. I'm being treated well and welcomed and Christmas is different but still good.
Beach pictures to come! Happy New Year!