Santa Claus relaxing by the pool at Portofino Beach Resort
PREPARATION FOR THE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, in olden days.
SYMBOLS OF CHRISTMAS THAT HAD TO BE SELECTED AND MATERIALS GATHERED FROM NOVEMBER were The preparation of the NATIVITY SET. -THE CHOOSING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE, and the selection OF THE CHRISTMAS BIRD. (depending on the number of guests expected.)
The rest such as, WINE, CAKE, TAMALES, WERE TAKEN THE ROUTINE.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, The smell from the Pine Tree opened the Christmas AROMA. Followed by the twinkling of the Christmas lights.
Followed by the construction of the Nativity Set.
OF COURSE, ALL THESE ACTIVITIES were INVIGORATED BY THE CHRISTMAS SONGS OF OLD.
" Oh come all ye faithful. " - - " Silent Night, Holy night. "
Photograph by Sandra van Tiggelen, text by by Hector Silva