Well, actually, not really. It is in the 70-80s most days and the sun shines for about 12 hours. The one very interesting thing is that there are poinsettias everywhere. Not decorating anything though, they grow here, everywhere. And they are in bloom. Big red poinsettia trees and bushes set in this context is quite humorous.
They do celebrate Christmas here – granted it is a week later, they still celebrate. But their celebrations only involve food, eating, and family. Don’t get me wrong, this is very important in celebrating Christmas. But when you grow up in America, there is just a little magic associated with all the lights, snow, red and green decorations, presents, trees, angels, music, fireplaces, and special treats. I guess this year, my Christmas will be as basic as you can get – which is probably close to the heart of the matter anyhow.