It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Christmas decorations in a Porto Alegre shopping centre.

It’s November, and Christmas is already in the air! Especially here in Brazil, where the majority of the population is Catholic. And especially in the malls that Brazilians love, which are already covered in all the usual Christmas fare (fake pine and spruce trees, garland, red velvet bows with sparkly gold trim, wreaths, Santa’s workshop). But here’s the catch: Everything is covered in fake snow. You can buy the same music boxes, snow globes and statues here that we have in North America, with children skating on frozen ponds and placing hats on the heads of snowmen. The problem is, Christmas is in Brazilian summer. (Not that there’s snow in the winter anyway.) So once again, North America makes the standards for the rest of the world, even if those standards are a little backward somewhere else.

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