I love Colombia. I just love the energy, the people, the food, the optimism...and I really love the holidays in Colombia.
Let me give you a piece of advice. If you ever want to visit Colombia, and can only do it once in your entire life, come to Bogotá or Medellín (pronounced mede-JEAN) in December to see how fun and festive Colombia becomes.
Starting in mid-November a switch goes off and Colombians get into par-tay mode.
There are incredible lights displays set up all over the country, most notably in the major cities, there are holiday novenas (social/religious events each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas Eve) and all sorts of food traditions.
For example, buñuelos, natilla (sweet custard), Gouda cheese (queso holandesa) and big grapes are very typical. So are poinsettias and holiday wreaths. And colorful lights are all the rage. Like, EVERYWHERE. You can't begin to imagine.
As for Santa...he visits Colombia too! Here he is called "Papa Noel" or "Niño Dios", which translates to Baby Jesus. Not quite sure how Baby Jesus gets down the chimney.
Here are some photos we've taken around town these last couple of weeks.
Medellín takes the cake when it comes to Christmas lights--here is a nicely photographed blog in case you want to see more!
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