2016 Advent Calendar: Day 91 minute read


Micah 5:2

‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me

one who will be ruler over Israel,

whose origins are from of old,

from ancient times.’

Day 9: Christmas Around The World – Costa Rica

  • Christmas in Costa Rica comes at the end of the school year and the start of the holidays – so people really look forward to getting to the beach!
  • A model of the nativity scene, called the Pasito or Portal, is the centre of people’s decorations in their houses – some people add flowers and fruit too.
  • Christmas wreaths are made of cypress branches and are decorated with red coffee berries and ribbons. Most homes, shops and important buildings are decorated with Christmas lights.
  • In Costa Rica, the gift bringer is often ‘Niño dios’ (Child God, meaning Jesus) or ‘Colacho’ (another name for St. Nicholas).
  • During December and into January, there are lots of fiestas, parades, rodeos, street parties, bull runs and choral and dance festivals. On 26th December (Boxing Day) there is an important horseback parade called the Tope. The next on the next day (27th), many towns and cities have ‘Carnaval’ with a big parade featuring dancing and big floats.

Christmas Puddings

Replace the question marks with the weights of the puddings.


  1. ? + ? = 1051g
  2. ? – ? = 28g
  3. ? + ? = 1109g
  4. ? – ? = 59g
  5. ? + ? = 1079g
  6. ? – ? = 145g
  7. ? – ? = 58g
  8. ? – ? = 117g
  9. ? + ? = 1137g
  10. ? + ? = 992g

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