I am now working from Camillo's desktop and direct from Blogspot - so forgive my spelling and my lack of photos.
The preparations here are not for Christmas but for New Years. Now here is a celebration, a tradition that Brasilians throw themselves into 110%. Noise and confusion in the streets, fireworks thrown from car windows, men walking through the super market with a can of beer in their hands, small children dressed in costumes prancing about happily. Between Christmas day and January first, the emotion in the air begins to build. Bars along the streets are full of the young singing and swaying. Brasilians love New Years Eve, and then following the first day in January the excitement continues to build, all their collective expectations raging - CARNIVAL is merely weeks away. Now this is Brasil.