By: Hugh C. Talley
This is my 7th Christmas in El Salvador and it has been a very good year. We are working on projects for next year and we are looking forward to 2018. Elizabeth and I hope that you have a had a good year and we wish you the best for 2018.
Christmas is a big event in El Salvador. Most of the people are Catholic or Protestant so most of the people celebrate Christmas across the country.
El Salvador starts to come alive with Christmas lights and decorations around the middle of November. The malls have a large Christmas tree and times for the kids to visit Santa. All of the stores have lights and decorations. Unlike the United States, many of the schools and Government buildings have decorations and the Nativity Scenes, everybody says Feliz Navidad or Merry Christmas and no one frowns upon it or says it offends them. I very much hope that it stays this way.
Christmas Eve is the big day here, the families and friends start getting together in the late afternoon, there is always plenty of good food usually chicken or turkey with all the side dishes and of course the traditional Salvadoran dishes.
Many families attend church services that go until midnight. At midnight gifts are given to the children (usually cheap inexpensive ones), everyone is setting off fireworks the streets and sky are filled with the lights and loud booms. Most families and friends eat, drink and celebrate until the early morning hours.
We hope that you enjoy your Holliday season where ever you are. Please stay safe and enjoy your family and friends.
I have attached some pictures, please leave us comments and or questions about El Salvador.
From our family to yours Feliz Navidad or Merry Christmas!!!