Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Celebrating Christmas!

Our second Christmas in Nicaragua. The songs may be a little different (especially the ones that start at 4:30am every morning the week prior to Christmas...blaring loudly from a nearby church), the fireworks are still surprising, the warm weather is something to get used to...but we had a wonderful Christmas! Old and new traditions. Good friends to help us celebrate. Fun times opening gifts on Christmas morning. Joy in our hearts that God came down and dwelt among us.

Here are some snapshots of our Nicaraguan Christmas morning.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...that was given to us for Free! By the way...notice that the gifts are wrapped in 'real' wrapping paper this year...not newspaper like last year.

The Traditional Making of the Fresh Orange Juice (had to add about 2 cups of sugar to get it sweet...but the kids enjoyed the process!)

Andrew received a "real tool box with real tools".

We did most of our shopping for Noah at the hardware store and the office supply store. He got several varieties of tape, PVC pipe and joints, post-its, paper, etc.

The kids know...the best gift for Papa is CANDY.

All Ella wanted was a baby doll for Christmas. Can you see the look of delight!?

Andrew also received a guitar. Tool boxes and guitars...big boy toys!

Ella gave Andrew a "futbol jersey" for Christmas. (For the soccer fans out there...yes, this is Barcelona.)

Aaawwwwww. Hugs for Christmas. We opened our kindle (gift to each other) about 2 weeks ago.

The best thing about the warm weather...being able to walk right outside to use your new sidewalk chalk.

Homemade Cinnamon Buns (aka Sugar Bums) for breakfast.

Three Happy Children on Christmas Morning.

Even Luna got a gift...a new collar.