December 23, 2008

A Southern Christmas

It's always strange to us that Christmas feels more like the Fourth of July to us here in Chile.  Being in the southern hemisphere gives us a new perspective on the seasons. The end of December marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. On Christmas Day, children swarm into the streets to play with their new toys, just like in the top half of the world, but here they also set of firecrackers, don their new bathing suits, break open the fire hydrants or escape to the beach. Instead of the Christmas goose, it's the Christmas asado (grill out).  Then again... we don't recall ever actually eating a goose, just singing about it in carols.  Time aclamates people though, and after four years here, we're finally catching on.  We were obviously pretty busy with the new baby, so we didn't have the house decked out as we would have liked.  There was no Christmas tree, no manger scene and no Christmas eve seafood feast (a family tradition).  However, we did manage to bake and gift some pretty awesome cookies and Joshua had the honor of playing Baby Jesus in the chapel's Christmas pageant.  Notably, this was an honor that his father also had on the same day thirty years ago. We received two fantastic Christmas gifts - the arrival of baby Joshua and a visit from Anna's mom. Grandma was was so anxious to see her new grandson that she hopped on a plane on Christmas Day and was here to greet him on the 26th. Her presence has been a great blessing, as it has allowed us some time to actually relax and enjoy little Joshua a lot more.  An extra set of hands was just what we needed!  Plus, you can't beat the experience shared by a woman who has raised 7 kids, has 11 grandkids and teaches pregnant women about their babies for a living.  We're very grateful for this wonderful Christmas season and despite the lack of tree, it's by far the best Christmas we've ever had.

Baby Jesus lays peacefully in his swaddling clothes... 
with his stuffed duck and a bottle at his side.

Baby Joshua opens all the presents that the Three Kings left for Jesus.

Daddy marvels that Joshua and the Christmas turkey are the same weight - 14 lbs.

Grandma and grandson united at last.


stephanie garcia said...

What a very special Christmas!!

DadaMama said...

Your mom is so cute. :) Also, Joshua looks GREAT. I never did get in touch with your mom about sending clothes to her, and now I suppose it's a little late, as she's visiting you now. Oh well. Maybe I can get something small in the mail sometime soon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!