Surviving the Holidays as An Expat in Latin America
Dec 26, 2013
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Palm trees with twinkling lights, singing carols, incredible food, fireworks on the beach… this is Christmas in Latin America. And although each country in this part of the world has their own traditional way of celebrating, there are many parallels from country to country.
If you’re already living in Latin America, you know how incredible it can be during the holidays - especially if you’re off the beaten path and not in a major city (cities have their fun side too, but share many of the same chaotic aspects you’re familiar with in North American cities). Although gifts are given, it’s nothing like in North America where bigger and more is better (with the exception of some of the wealthier locals and expats)… this time is spent with friends and family, enjoying traditional food, attending church services and participating in the festivities – namely parades, which play a huge part in Latin America’s Christmas celebrations.
It can also be a tough time to be a foreigner in a far-away locale – although this is relative. It actually depends greatly on your reasons for moving abroad in the first place… are you trying to escape? Are you looking to make your retirement dollars stretch further? Are you looking to raise your children in a country that’s not obsessed with consumerism? Obviously, the list goes on and on… the point is, whether you thought about it before you moved or not, Christmas will happen all around you, it’s up to you how to handle it.
Being a ‘scrooge’ and hiding in your home as the celebrations happen around you are, of course, an option… but what fun is that? Even if you haven’t been a ‘Christmas person’ in the past, opening yourself to new experiences in your new home is what living abroad is all about! Enjoy the warm weather (it’s summer here now!), chat with your neighbors (the non-expat ones too!) and try to get involved with some community goings on. This a great time of year to do some good in your new backyard and make some lasting friendships at the same time.
It’s true that Christmas in Latin America is ripe with religious symbolism, but you don’t need to share the same religion, or even be religious at all to enjoy this wonderful time. All you need is a good attitude, an open mind and the want to enjoy a fantastic celebration with new friends!
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