For my birthday this year I decided to throw a Christmas party for my neighborhood. As most people do not know the date or even the month when they were born in my village, it was easier to explain that I wanted to throw a party for Christmas than for myself. Plus, after years of Christmas overshadowing my birthday, it was nice to steal the spotlight for a change and share my favorite parts of the holiday with my family here. (Read: paper snowflakes, Christmas tree, presents, burritos, temporary tattoos, stickers…basically just your average traditional Christmas party.) Of course, photos were a must. (Huge shoutout to Phoebe for taking most of them and helping with cooking, cleaning, petit management, etc.)
Pt. I: Decorations
First of all, I finally took the “no snow” issue into my own hands:
There was also a Christmas tree with wrapped presents, which ended up posing some confusion…
For the entire week leading up to the event, I struggled to explain the concept of a burrito to my family. Eventually, I used some fabric (to represent the tortilla) and then explained that you add a bunch of stuff to it and then roll it up and eat it.
Fast-forward to the day of: I invited my mom in to see all the decorations. Upon seeing the Christmas tree, she proclaimed: “Burr-ri-toh.”
Close, but not quite.
Pt. II: Temporary Tattoos & Stickers
To explained the concept of temporary tattoos here, I described them as “American Seefa.” (Seefa is what they call the designs they paint on themselves for holidays.) Unsurprisingly, they were a big hit.
Pt. III: Burritos
Did I make over 50 tortillas in one day? Yes. (Probably never ever doing that again, but I’m definitely an expert now.)
Signs of a successful hosting? I made way too much food. Fortunately, the petits ate everything that was left after the party ended.
“American seefa” decorated the petits/ All the burritos, the babas and dadas did eat/ As the twilight fell, the nasara cried into the remaining light: A Merry Jessmas to all and to all a goodnight!”