Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015 -- Month #10 - Week #45 - Day #311 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

December 24, 2015

It's Christmas Eve! Yay!

Today was good, had Weekly Planning in the morning, then went out to eat lunch at a Chinese place with our district, and I had sweet and sour chicken for the first time in 10 months, and I loved it.
Chinese food! 
We then went over with the elderes to church and started making cookies, E Purcell wanted to mix the dough with his hands, so we humored him and let him play with the dough. He was really happy. And we found the TV so we put on Christmas music and all sang along as the cookies were baking, so that was really fun. I haven't really heard Christmas music around here, so I was happy to have that familiar Christmas tradition at least for those few hours.
Cookie making! Hna Mora, E Purcell, E Granja
We made peanut butter coconut oatmeal cookies... don't know if you can put more flavors in those! But they turned out really well, and the elderes were quite happy to eat the leftover ones (we made 9 cookie plates to give to the 3 families for each companionship) and we had eggnog and sprite (that was a first for me... I think I like it better with milk) and just had a few fun hours over there.

So we got everything cleaned up and started walking all over creation to the elderes families, which for some reason they decided to pick the ones that lived the FARTHEST and on the STEEPEST and most DANGEROUS rocky inclines... yeah. We finally got up to this really special family's door and we could barely sing because we're all out of breath. But by the end of the Christmas song our pulse had gone down sufficiently that we could wish them a Merry Christmas and give them the cookies and offer a prayer. And so it continued, we did our families last so we would end up close to home, as we're supposed to be home a little earlier on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve due to the firecrackers and the drunk people. So everything turned out well, and we got home safely.
There's a Christmas Tree in the Parque, and we all took pics for Christmas
We were also gifted some tamales (every single family makes like 50 tamales, so they're all gifting them to everybody... you eat a lot of tamales for Christmas, but if you eat more than 2 or 3 at a time/per day you'll get sick, so be careful on that. You gotta ask them if you can take them home with you.) so we had our Christmas tamales. It was Hna Mora's first time having tamales here in Honduras and I was actually thinking we would go the entire day without tamales, but at the end of the day we were passing by this sweet little old lady that we know and she gave us some. So there you go. Can't have Christmas without tamales.
Christmas tamales!
And we talked and stuff, and went to bed. Although there were a lot of fireworks going off, so it was actually a little hard to sleep. But we were glad that everyone was enjoying themselves.

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