Merry Christmas to you all. Today I’m writing about a different Christmas custom. One that is played out in Colombia. It’s called ‘mis aguinaldos”.
An “aguinaldo” translates from Spanish as a gift, but can vary in its entire meaning from country to country. In Colombia the idea is to play mis aguinaldos, where you make a bet on an agreed present, and play the game, where you tempt the opponent, to do or say something that is agreed that they can’t do. It is played between the 16th and 24th of December, and the overall winner receives the agreed present.
The most common mis aguinaldo is “si o no” (yes or no), so you either don’t answer the question or use the words affirmative for yes, and negative for no. One person can’t say yes and the other player can’t say no. You can ask the question, “was it raining outside?” and the other says ‘yes’, so they shouldn’t have said yes and the other player says ‘mis aguinaldos’
Other types of mis aguinaldos are “3 pies” (3 feet) where a person is standing upright, and the other player puts his foot in between the others 2 feet, and replies “tres pies, mis aguinaldos”.
Others include Give and don’t take, where a person will give something and the other player, can’t take the object on offer. When the refusal or acceptance is complete you say ‘mis aguinaldos’. Or, “stolen kisses’ usually played between couples, “ask and do not answer” etc
But after all this the prize for best yes and no mis aguinaldos goes to Candela (to listen click the link) radio station in Bogota . In this Christmas period they have “Mis Aguinaldos in Stereo” where a listener rings up to play, and gets asked questions until they, make a mistake and the Dj says ‘mis aguinaldos”. After all this time the Dj’s on the station are experts and know how to tease the information from you. Many people try to beat the radio commentators but few succeed. It provides for a lot of Christmas fun and laughter.