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…
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!