Throughout December and early January, many people around the world celebrate important holidays – days filled with family and friends, long-standing traditions, music, food, and the joy of sharing time and gifts with others. The large majority of Ecuadorians celebrate Christmas, and at the Starfish foundation, we host a Christmas festival in mid-December to give our staff and students a chance to do something nice for the younger members of their families.
I caught up with a few of the participants to see how they enjoyed the Starfish foundation’s Christmas festival:
Diana Z: It was very beautiful, with music, lots of games, and gifts. The game I liked the most was a game with a little ball in the water. The first stand we visited with my sister was the one with face painting; the children painted a beautiful butterfly on her face. A lot of people came and they had a good time. I had a lot of fun.
Josue L: The Christmas party at the Foundation was very beautiful because I was able to take my sister to play at the stands and to have her face painted. After that, I took her to get her gift, and they gave her little doctor toys. She’s very happy and every day she plays with her toys.
Dennis L: The party at the Foundation was very beautiful. There were a lot of raffles, where I took my sister. She had her face painted, made a princess drawing, and lastly, she got as a gift a little toy piano, and she’s very happy. In all, the party was a lot of fun because I was with my classmates.
Additionally, we talked to some students about their family traditions for Christmas. Here is what they shared:
Astrid V: Christmas for me is sharing with the family, and aside from the material things, I share times with my friends and cousins. We have a very nice time, because on Christmas Eve we wear beautiful clothes and a lot of times we eat a delicious turkey for dinner in the company of people dear to me.
Josue L: I spend Christmas at my grandparents’ or my house, and we have a very nice time. We talk about what’s been happening, then we eat, and sometimes we play games. We also give gifts to each other, and that’s how we have a good time at Christmas.
Dennis L: I spend Christmas at my grandparent’s house. We talk and we always eat baked chicken. We get candy, soda, and we watch movies. We have a lot of fun. I get gifts that I’m thankful for, and I have an awesome time with the family.
Viviana A: I spend Christmas having fun with my sisters and family that come from different parts of the city. They tell us how their year has been. After that, I go with my friends to play with fireworks… with my dad’s help of course. Then, we walk around the neighborhood, or we visit more friends to invite them to have a conversation. At 11 o’clock, we go back to our house to start our Christmas dinner with the entire family. After we finish dinner, we give out the presents and continue playing. The next day we all feel happy for having been in each other’s company.