1. A Christmas without talking about the crisis
Let’s pack the word in a box, put the box on a little dingy and hope that when the boat is halfway across the ocean, it finds a home next to a shipwreck — never to be found again.
2. Subsídio de Natal
Only because the magic numbers for the lotaria de Natal might be hard to guess. We know money does not make us happy. Nor will buying a bigger TV make us happy. But seeing as the owners of the local grocery shops and the employees of Continente do not allow us to pay for bacalhau with smiles, we like to receive it a few days before the Consoada. But if the Menino Jesus gets it a bit delayed with all the bureaucracy, he can leave it in an envelope in our sapatinho.