This being my first year away from my family for Christmas made it a tough one. It was sad to be away and not be able to eat my grandma's Christmas fudge and to open gifts with my family on Christmas Eve. I was glad to see everyone over skype, but I was definitely sad to miss it.
Our Christmas lights in our room!
BUT! I did get to experience Christmas in Argentina! It's quite different. Mainly, it doesn't seem like such a big deal. Or it's a big deal in a different way.
On Christmas Eve, which they call Noche Bueno ("Good Night") they have a big dinner with family, sometimes friends. Dinner was around 10 p.m. Pork and yummy and we sat and chatted about things. The family we stayed with spends the last 10 minutes before midnight in prayer thanking God for sending His Son and providing for us. Then they got out all the deserts and champagne, turned on the T.V. and counted down until the Navidad!
5- 4- 3- 2- 1... FELIZ NAVIDAD!
Then the whole city blew up fireworks! Haha! And since our house overlooks the city we had a prime view! Of course they were small fireworks that you set off with your friends on the 4th of July, and they told us that it was NOTHING compared to what it will be like on New Years!
On Christmas day the family we live with went out to their parents house to continue the festivities but we decided to stay back and celebrate our own way, which consisted of reading the birth of Jesus, making some of Staci's traditional family dishes, watching part of The Grinch, and opening the gifts we got each other. It was definitely different but enjoyable non-the-less.
Oh yea, I forgot to mention we made cookies since we couldn't make fudge!
Hope you all were able to find true Joy in the season and that you can start the new year rejuvenated!
Pastor Fabian, Patricia, Andres and Gabriel,
the family I life with saying Merry Christmas after the Christmas service!