Haha yeah I wish… but no. There won´t be any snow here in Argentina.
Hola mi familia y mis amigos!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday!
Christmas and Christmas Eve were both basically P-days for us, so I´ve had a pretty good weekend! I especially loved talking with some of my family on Skype last night! 🙂
Christmas here is a little different. The biggest difference is that it´s so dang hot and sticky, all the time, even at night!! I´m kind of dying, but just a little bit 😉
Other than the weather, one big difference for Christmas that I noticed is that they do fireworks here! All night on Christmas Eve we heard fireworks going off all around us. That night we were invited to a members house for dinner. Their house is only a couple miles away from us, so we had to walk instead of taking a bus. We were already a little bit nervous because it was getting dark when suddenly we heard this rapid fire banging close by! It scared the heck out of us! Hermana Barraza and I both jumped and I screamed a little bit, I thought somebody was shooting at us! Thankfully it was just fireworks! 🙂
For dinner that night I had my first taste of Asado! It was good, my favorite thing was probably the chorizo, but it was all really good! It was a TON of food though. After about 2 chorizo sausages and a fist sized piece of steak I was so full! I don´t know how the people here manage to eat so much in one sitting! I feel like I ate two meals at once and I look around me and everyone is eating about double of what I did! The members always tease me and ask if I´m on a diet! Haha 🙂
At the end of dinner we got a ride back to our pension with the Elders and then all together we watched the fireworks on the rooftop of our pension! It was pretty fun but I couldn´t take many pictures of the fireworks, I couldn´t get most of them to show up on my camera. Oh well!
On Christmas we had another Asado for lunch with another family! Again, super good, again, a ton of food!
The Elders gave us a box of Kraft Mac n Cheese for Christmas (which they don´t have here in Argentina, que triste!), and today I made it for lunch! Hermana Barraza´s first taste of America! I don´t think she liked it. xD
For my spiritual thought this week I´d like to recommend watching the LDS Christmas Devotional if you haven´t already! As missionaries we only had time to print out and read the talks (which were all beautiful), but it´s a whole different experience to watch the Devotional and hear the Christmas music! 🙂
I´m so grateful for the birth of our Savior and the peace and hope that His teachings and His Atonement bring.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy this next week! I love you all, keep praying for me!