I'm not complaining! I will take rain any day over -25 degrees, thank you very much!
Speaking of weather, let's talk a little bit about our warm Brazilian Christmas. It's been over a month, I know, but I'm looking through pictures today and working on our update letter, and decided it's time to regale you with the tales of South America at Christmas-time.
|Gabi and her codfish appetizers! YUM|
|There's my pumpkin pie! Also, the turkey decorated with tropical fruits, brazilian style stuffing, and rice|
|Salad, ham, rice, and a codfish casserole|
|From Left to Right: Friends of the Lopes family, Jake and I, the Lopes|
|Waiting for Polly and Igor to pick us up|
|Laying out food in the spacious courtyard|
|The BBQ area|
|Meat-which they snack on even before the main meal begins. Whenever new pieces are ready, they put it on plates and pass it around for family members to whet their appetites.|
|Jake's favourite part...he ate so much meat before the meal!|
|A typical Brazilian BBQ consists of-deliciously salted steak,|
a bean dish of some sort, rice, potatoes or manioc, and a fresh green salad
Just when I thought I'd die of hunger, it was time to eat, and man, it was a good meal! Everyone was loud, boisterous, and it reminded me of the big family get-togethers that our own extended families would have been having back home in Canada.
|The whole family!|
|Jake and I with our friends Polly and Igor|
We were happy they invited us to join them, and that we could see the contrast between a smaller, evening gathering and a much larger, midday big family celebration. Even though it wasn't too similar to what our Christmas here in Canada would have been like, we were still grateful to experience Christmas in another culture, to see how others celebrate the birth of our Saviour and Lord.