Artist: Trio Alvorada
Title: Natal Verde Amarelo
Translation: Green and Yellow Christmas
Language: Brazilian Portuguese
This lovely song from 1960 has lyrics wishing for a totally Brazilian Christmas, with no cold weather, nothing foreign, and not having to eat turkey. They want the sun, a decent coffee, vatapá e caruru (I had to look this up, it’s food! Recipes here: http://gastrolandia.com.br/receitas/acaraje-com-vatapa-caruru-camarao-seco-e-vinagrete-de-tomate-verde/), Father Christmas wearing green and yellow, and to see the Southern Cross constellation in the sky. This is a nice reference to the Brazilian flag, as the Portuguese name for the flag is ‘A Auriverde’ (the yellow-and-green one). Green for the forests, and yellow for gold. It also has a blue circle representing the sky and includes 27 white five-pointed stars (one for each state and the Federal District), arranged in the same pattern as the night sky over Brazil, including the Southern Cross.
Being in the cold and snowy Northern Hemisphere it is easy to forget that so many countries are in the middle of summer at Christmastime. I shall experience that one day! In the meantime, joyful songs like this will keep that dream alive!