Christmas was drilled into our commercial minds to be represented by brightly decorated pine trees, lots of snow, red stockings, Santa Claus and perhaps the native scene of Baby Jesus in Bethlehem, for the more traditionally inclined.
It is when you visit Latin America, much more creative interpretations of this holiday are revealed. Instead of snow, one is likely to encounter beach, desert, or any other tropical landscape. In Peru, they put Llamas and Alpacas in the Nativity scene. And in Colombia, Christmas trees are plastic and have maple leaves.
Santa, surprisingly, normally, sticks to his white beard and heavy clothes, making this probably one of the worst jobs in the world, when souther hemisphere temperatures can reach 40C during this time of the year.