Monday, December 26, 2011
Dec 24th and 25th
Dec 24th is the Peruvian Christmas day, at midnight they celebrate with fireworks gifts and a traditional meal. We chose not to eat a midnight meal but we did celebrate , we had lunch at our home and invited a number of our Peruvian friends who were on their own over the Christmas period, we then held an afternoon Christingle family service at church.
After church we tracked father christmas on the internet, had mulled wine, mince pies and prepared a lot of vegetables for the following days feast , we enjoyed a secret santa gift exchange with our BMS colleagues and Jess and Sam put up their stockings and left out a mince pie and carrot for Santa and his reindeer!
Dec 25th was our traditional British (with a twist of American) Christmas celebration. James and Julia Henley are staying with us for Christmas and New Year, we hosted the action team as well as some Peruvian and American families. We introduced the Peruvians to homemade christmas crackers and gravy our guests brought us a delicious dish of sweetpotato covered in marshmellows! Scott cooked for 19 people and although a little homesick we all really enjoyed celebrating our Saviour's birth and feasting together. We are so blessed that we have so many wonderful friends in Cusco and it was great to have the house full of friends on both 24th and 25th of December.