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Beach Santa and Mall Kangaroo!

Beach Santa and Mall Kangaroo!

Our 2016 winter vacation continues in warm, sunny Brazil. After doing a little last minute Christmas shopping we spend Christmas at my in-laws’ beach house. It’s really nice to take this extended break away from the rice fields and equipment.

Full Transcript:

Merry Christmas everybody!

We already got all our holiday shopping done…

We’re here at the mall in Joinville, enjoying some Christmas shopping.

But now…

…Eleninha needs a new ride.

Na, too fast. Umm, too pink. Too yellow. Too scary. Too expensive. Too bright. Eh, too complicated. Hmm, it’s the right idea but just too slow.


This thing’s top speed is maximum half a mile per hour. Although, I think it is my prefered method of transportation in a shopping mall.  

…and now we’re just enjoying our time at the beach.

So the beach community we’re in is call Itaguacu. And this is actually my fifth Christmas spending it here in Brazil. And it definitely took me awhile to get used to spending Christmas in a warm tropical climate.

And it got me thinking, you know. It’s funny seeing Santa Claus in boardshorts and surfing, however Christmas here still has the tradition of snow and Santa Claus in his big red suit. But because Brazil is so warm–has this tropical climate–there are now chimneys you don’t need to set a fire. So, how does Santa get into the house?

Well, I’m going to grab something to drink and I’ll show you.

Hello, a coconut water please–really cold.

So, heading to my in-laws beach house right now. I’m going to show you how Saint Nick gets into people’s homes even when there’s not a chimney. But every single house, apartment has one of these things and it’s something I really enjoy using when I come here to Brazil.

So, we’re almost at the house. Check this out!

It’s a bar-b-que pit, built right into the house and every home has one! That’s how Santa gets in!

Let’s get back to the…

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Should I get a churros too? I’m on vacation.

And one churros please.


You know those rice fields that are full of water right now? Someone’s going to need to dig the mud out of those rice boxes. And that’s going to be me. So I’ll be able to work off these calories then. #cropfit