It’s the shortest day of sunlight during the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
It’s the longest day of sunlight in South America, and means diddly-squat in Ecuador, because we have twelve hours each of day and night, with little variation year-round.
Our weather is heating up, and Christmas has a way of sneaking up on some of us.
We’ve been listening to lots of Christmas music to get in the holiday spirit. The other night, Todd and I were fixing “breakfast for dinner” and listening to Bing Crosby, and couldn’t help but think that it was “beginning to smell a lot like bacon” in our case.
Below, I have posted pictures and videos of some of the recent festivities here in Olón.
|One of my favorite pictures I took that day|
As are Nativity scenes and pageants:
The "reason for the season" is celebrated here in Ecuador.
|The scene is set for the Nativity Pageant later in the evening.|
Todd and I are fixing our turkey dinner for tonight, so we can eat left overs and do movie marathons tomorrow.
One of the challenges of fixing holiday meals in Ecuador is that many of our traditional ingredients aren’t available, so improvisations are required in the kitchen (not to mention that whole turkeys cost as much as a used car). Over the course of three and half years of living here, we have both become more adept regarding substitutions, but Todd definitely reigns as the chef in our household.
My lack of interest in cooking - along with my poor sense of smell – renders me a mediocre cook (though as a Kansas City gal, I do come with a pretty decent repertoire of casseroles).
Because I think most expats who have lived here long enough can take on those "Top Chef" guys any day, in this situation.
|"Santa" (Woot) and
"Mamita" Isabel the.
director of the orphanage in Olón
Traditionally, these special children put on a Christmas program to celebrate the day. Not to be missed, and never a dry eye in the house afterwards.
I will let the photos and videos links from that presentation say the rest`
|Angel from the Lord speaks to Mary|
"Do not be afraid"
“For Nothing is impossible with God”
The angel went to her and said,
“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
The shepherds said to one another,
“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing
that has happened,
which the Lord has told us about.”