We like to have a live tree, so we once again decorated our one and only living house plant with a Christmas theme.
We had a packed house for Midnight Mass (at 9:30). It was great to see so many families come together.
We had the kids in the chapel act out the Christmas Pageant during Mass. Joshua was too big for Baby Jesus this year, but we fortunately had another infant to place in the manger. This time, Baby Jesus was a little girl.
At midnight, we followed Chilean tradition and placed Baby Jesus in the manger. Joshua had the honor. We invited a neighbor over for Christmas Eve dinner and got to bed at about 2am. Here, Santa Claus arrives at midnight, after the arrival of Baby Jesus, and so kids can be heard playing in the streets with their new toys until the early hours of the morning.
On Christmas Day, we joined the other missionaries, sisters, brothers and priests in the parish and shared a big turkey meal.
Joshua had on his festive bib for about 5 seconds... long enough for us to snap a picture and then for him to throw it on the ground.
Joshua had a great time running from lap to lap with all of his "aunts and uncles," stealing bites of their desserts.
Once again, we spread the American tradition of gifting Christmas cookies. This year, we totaled 210 cookies and handed them out to about 25 families. Anna did the visiting alone this year, because David was home with stomach problems. It was a blessing to be able to share with so many families in such a simple way and deserves a future blog post of its own.