The Year Our Family Broke Tradition
December 17, 2013
During this time of the year, we start thinking about traditions: cookies Grandma made or finding the perfect tree with Dad. One of my favorite Christmases was actually one that wasn’t at all like the rest. The year was 2001. My family lived in Caracas, Venezuela at the time. It was at the beginning of the "Bolivarian Revolution," and things were tense between the government and opposing factions. In order to protest the government, the “opposition” encouraged shop owners to close their stores. It was interesting looking for gifts to buy that year. We looked in all the out-of-the-way places. Coca-Cola was very expensive and very hard to come by. I remember that we got some cola and kept it for our very special Christmas Eve dinner. We enjoyed a simpler Christmas that year, but in retrospect, it is one of the best memories I have of a Christmas. It was a time when we were able to focus on things that really matter: family, love, and home.
Midwest Genealogy Center