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Author: Pythian99

joyous occasion with our daughter's family in New Jersey. Tomorrow we fly to North Carolina to do it all over again in the home of our son.

When we moved to Cuenca, Ecuador three and a half years ago we had no grandchildren. In the space of 19 short months we experienced our own private "baby boom" and today we have three (and counting?). Christmas is really all about the kids, isn't it, so we now come back to the States to be with our loved ones each holiday season.

Early on we spent a memorable Christmas at home in Cuenca I'd like to share with you. Thanksgiving is obviously not a biggie there (although expats attend various gatherings all over town), but Christmas is celebrated in high style. Malls, markets, and public spaces are colorfully decorated, although the theme is generally more religious than the commercial extravaganza the holiday has become in the States.

Nowhere is this more evident than the annual Christmas Eve parade, which organizers claim is the largest in Latin America. Clocking in at over eight hours it must certainly be the longest! A seemingly endless procession of floats from neighborhoods in and around Cuenca carry children dressed to depict the nativity scene.

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