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Xmas party ´a la Brazilian´ December 25, 2005

Posted by ditta in Uncategorized.
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.. not that I have nothing else to do, but having a little moment on my own in Petroline I thought I may also share some of my impressions form Brazilian heated Xmas…

may be first some a few intro words about Kelly family (from her mum´s side), Kelly grand-ma, today 83 years old lady (her husband passed away more than 20 years ago), has 13 children, many of which actually came for the Xmas party – although Kelly said that the party was quite small – about 30 people.

When we came back from the walk yesterday, the house´s courtyard, where the party tookplace was wonderfully decorated by Kelly´s mum with white and red balloons, and a huge table was set with amazingly cut and arranged tropical fruits. In the back side of the courtyard, barbecue was getting ready.

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The party started around 9PM with a self-serviced dinner with grilled meat, lots of wonderul tropical salads – a mixture of fruits (pinapple, apples, mango, raisins, etc.) and vegetables; variety of rice, of course unthinkable beans and various soft drinks. Following food, Kelly´s cousin Marcia, in disguise, prepared for the whole community of adults, children, teenagers and elderly some ´brincas´ – games for fun, silly simple participatory games which made the whole family laugh and feel together.

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Then we played the secret friend game, where everybody had to prepare a little gift for some one else selected from a basket with little papers.. and so we played way after mdinight. The serie of games ended with a reflection over the past year and the coming one based on a little stone everyone got as an example of her/his imperfect life (the shapes of the stones were sometimes quite sharp 😉

this all was intermixed with storytelling by Kelly´s uncle, Kelly, Kelly´s mum and some other aunts and cousins, and a well installed caraoke show, a dvd player with two microphones where especially Majorlie (Kelly´s sister) and Thalis (Kelly´s god son) tried their best to perform Axe, MPB and the golden brazilian classics..

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went to bed finally after 4AM. was fun, although nothing to do with European notion of Xmas 🙂

hope you had all fun too..

and happy Chanuka for those starting to light the candles tonight.

dd

PS: BTW thank you all for your lovely messages: mum, Diana, Oksana, Sergio, Dwight, Karolina, Fio, etc. was great to hear from you!!

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1. Nina - December 26, 2005

Namaste and Happy Holidays from Jaipur – good to see that you’re havign a great time and are in good hands..
guess i skipped xmas this year, am surrounded by devoted hindus.. 😉
oh, would be so nice if you’d just come over here to this crazy place – and pls bring lots of brazilian spirit: these folks here are impossible..!
being surrounded by India 24/7 is, well, very intense..!
yes, i miss europe/ the americas today!!! bring me a drink! or two..

bisou,
n

2. ditta - December 27, 2005

Dear Nini, thinking if you lots these days, and how is it to be in a completely different contexts in all aspects – as here in Brazil, the Euro-American culture is somehow present everywhere even if hidden among its brazilian surface.. yesterday I had this quite strange feeling lying in the net at Kelly´s gran-ma place watching the stars, discussing Chanuka and Jewish holidays with Kelly´s mum, listening to Slovak Folk Dance CD I brought with me as a present – after which we switched to Caetano Velhoso and brazilian bossa nova, and somehow it felt like ´home´. after the NY I should be able to get to skype so hope we have a chance to talk soon. till then well, take care and hope you have at least some sort of funky indina NY party! beijo, dd


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