Christmas in the southern hemisphere is not one for singing “White
Christmas.” Jill, in Peril, Passion, Peru, imagines Santa in an
old-fashioned two-piece red and white striped bathing suit, the top pulling up
as he slides down the chimney, exposing his belly button that glows like
Rudolph’s nose. I was home with family on Christmas day but flew to Peru on the
26th (my birthday) and was there for New Year’s Eve and lots of
confetti drifting down at midnight to sprinkle Lima’s streets. I was up early
the next morning. Not many people were on the streets, but there were lots of
policemen, and I greeted all I passed with “Feliz año Nuevo.” Everyone smiled
back and repeated the greeting, so I’ll pass it along here to friends and fans.
Feliz año Nuevo and Happy New Year!