Even though it doesn´t seem like December to me (Guatemala is much warmer than Minnesota this time of year), there are other evidences of the coming holiday. One day my friend and I decorated Christmas cookies. I hear Christmas carols in English or Spanish when I am out and about. There is this giant Christmas tree in Parque Central.
Nativity scenes are not super common, but this a big one that was just set up, also in Parque Central.
Friday was the first day of Las Posadas. Normally it is an evening event, but at the home for elderly ladies, they do the activity in the afternoon. Several people carry Mary and Joseph. They read some from the gospel of Luke, then walk to a posada (a home), sing some more, then place Mary and Joseph in a special spot and have a snack. The next day they do it all again, moving Joseph and Mary to the new posada.
What I am not doing this year is Christmas shopping, thinking about preparing a big meal for Christmas, or sending Christmas cards. I am also not anticipating a break from school or having to decide which holiday events that I am going to choose to participate in. A different feel to the Christmas season, for sure.