We send Seasons Greetings on Christmas Eve from Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao! In all areas of the mission there have been some fun Christmas gatherings and memories being made. We have been in Trinidad the last two weeks spreading the Christmas spirit by caroling at the mall, having a Christmas celebration at the mission home and preparing to have a few missionary orphans over on Christmas Day for dinner and to make their family phone calls.
It's not beginning to look much like Christmas here, as we walked today in 85 degree temperatures and were the only house on the street with Christmas lights this year. Dad bought his own palm tree a few months ago, just so he could decorate a palm tree with lights for Christmas. He also created this year's gingerbread house to resemble the homes on stilts in Guyana. It was fun to decorate, complete with fruit leather clothes hanging on the line to dry. It was a hit with the missionaries, especially those that had served in Guyana.
At our Christmas party we served a ham dinner with all the trimmings...dessert was Dad's gingerbread cookies sandwiched around Haagen Daas vanilla and dipped in caramel. We also introduced our missionaries to the timeless holiday favorite "It's a Wonderful Life." They really enjoyed it and realize that "every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings."
We watched the Primary nativity rehearsal last week at church and thought you would enjoy some pictures of that
re-enactment. The children were so excited to play the different parts of the nativity. Dad also met Santa along the walkway of the strip
mall where the mission office is located. He seems to have great timing when it comes to finding Sinterklaas and Santa in a crowd.
It was fun to Facetime with you for the Grammy Party at Cam's and Grandma's Party at Jan's. It makes us a little homesick, but very grateful for your loyalty to the traditions of Christmas in our family. We are especially thankful that you were all involved in one way or another in helping someone else have a special Christmas. Sub for Santa will always be a highlight in our Christmas memories.
We are thankful to be celebrating the true meaning of Christmas in every way this year. There are no presents under the tree and yet our hearts are full of gratitude for our family, friends and the Savior. Since His birth, the world has never been the same. He defines the reason for the season and we are indebted to Him for everything.
May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Half way through our mission...but who's counting???