In 1968 when we moved to Puerto Rico, we have a tinsel 4ft. Christmas tree. The tip of the tree looks like small palms. My mother would decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving. The ornaments were red, green, and gold balls. She loves icicles, garlands, and for the top of the tree a colorful star.
My parents would decorate the living room windows with large light bulbs. The skirt of the tree was white with glitter on it. The glitter would be all over our clothes for days and under the Christmas tree we have a small nativity scene. The tree was beautiful. As we grew older the tree went into a table. We love laying down on the floor to watch the lights on the tree.
We didn’t celebrated Santa Claus since in Puerto Rico in 1968 no one did. Santa Claus came after the 90’s. Christmas Eve is the event everyone celebrated. We began the day preparing the food for the feast we would have on that night. First, we would go to church and after church the party begins. The 25th was more to stay at home watching movies and playing games.
We received our Christmas gifts on Jan 6th with the arrived of the Three Kings. On January 5th, we would grab an empty shoe box and decorated. We would cut grass from our yard, tied it with a beautiful ribbon, and put it inside the box and water. Also, we would write letters to The Three Kings. The box goes under our beds and the next morning we would get our gifts. Every kid in our neighborhood would get a gift because I didn’t know this until I was older. In our neighborhood everyone, took care of everyone, so every child has a gift. I missed those days.
SoCs~ Tin hosted by Linda G. Hill.