Summer time Christmas in San Pedro

Atacama Salt Flat

Atacama Salt Flat

This was surely one of the strangest Christmas days I’ve yet had. I had always spent Christmas with my family, at home, in the snow (sounds nice, but snow’s not all it’s cracked up to be for those who haven’t experienced it). Waking up on Christmas Day in the blistering heat of Chile was extremely odd, but I had no complaints. I would be spending Christmas in the desert of all places, in San Pedro in the Atacama Desert.

Even thousands of miles away from home, and in a foreign country, Christmas still had that special feel to it, and we spent the early part of the day opening a few gifts we had gotten each other, and enjoying the day and each other’s company. After this we headed to the hostel of our travelling companions Ashley and Trevor, who would be joining us on the trip to the desert. We had met them in Bolivia, and decided to team up on our journey together. We had gathered a large feast of supplies, and would cook them shortly for a grand Christmas meal. We put that hostel kitchen through its paces I can tell you, and it held up well. The drinks started flowing shortly after noon, and we were all happily buzzing about by the time the afternoon rolled around and our feast was prepared. We packed up our food and headed out to a nearby park to enjoy it outdoors, in the Christmas heat, hehe.

Ojos del Salar

Ojos del Salar

It was quite a feast, consisting of chicken, llama steaks, potatoes, pumpkin, guacamole, salad, carrots, corn and bread rolls just to name a few. No stuffing or turkey, which are Christmas traditions, but this wasn’t a traditional Christmas, so we figured we could do without (and we did!). Dessert was fruit cake and ice cream, soaked in brandy.

By now we were all stuffed and lazily lounging about, telling stories of our families and past Christmases in the fading light of the sun. After this we had some more gifts to pass out, as we had decided to play secret santa. I can’t divulge what I bought for who (they might be reading this!), but it was fun, and thank you to my gift giver for a very thoughtful gift. After this we played some parlour games and the drinks and conversation continued to flow.

In San Pedro

In San Pedro

As entirely strange as it was, we had a great time. I’ll be back to a traditional Christmas next year, and I certainly won’t regret it at all, but I wouldn’t mind doing this again someday as well. So Merry Christmas to everyone, and I hope you had a happy holidays and have a wonderful year ahead. All the best from me and mine for a great 2014 for you and yours.