It's the first time that I am experiencing Christmas in a Latin American country, and to be honest, I am quite overwhelmed with all the splendor. It's simply dazzling! Back at home Christmas is a much more subdued affair. People usually decorate a living fir tree with hand-carved and artsy mouth blown glass balls, along with plenty of chocolate, lametta and real wax candles. Here, in South America, it's all about plastic and multicolored flashlights, glowing butterflies, birds and flowers. The nativity scene is especially impressive with hoards of little plastic animals, houses, toy cars, palm trees and whatever else looks good. All the streets are lined with millions of flashing, glowing and cascading lights in every conceivable color. It's simply superb. I love it! What kind of Christmas decorations do you have in your country?