Rob and I stayed home for Christmas this year. It’s the first time since moving here that we’ve stayed in Orlando.
My cousin Maria from Texas came to be with us for Christmas.
We opened presents on Christmas morning.
We had a Puerto Rican/American Christmas meal. I made Pernil (Puerto Rican traditional pork Christmas dish), sweet potato casserole, green beans, good wine, rolls.
We stayed busy in a relaxing way. We went to Downtown Disney and then to the Grand Floridian which is beautifully decorated as always during Christmas.
Maria made some really great Coquito!
I tell people that Coquito is a Puerto Rican eggnog. However, I must say that Coquito is much better than any eggnog ever! In fact, I’ve gotten quite a few American’s hooked onto Coquito. It’s typically a Christmas drink so they have to wait until the holidays to get it, from me at least.
In the evenings we watched Season 1 of the TV show “24”.
I’m stealing my husbands image because I think it looks cool.
Now, I’m going shopping!
Most of us in the U.S. know that December 26th is Boxing Day. But we don’t know what it’s really about. And when I ask someone from a country that does celebrate Boxing Day, they don’t ususally know either.
So I looked up the definition of Boxing Day on Wikipedia. The definition is the original reason for Boxing Day.
Boxing Day is a traditional celebration, dating back to the Medieval Ages, and consisted of the practice of giving out gifts to employees, the poor, or to people in a lower social class. The name has numerous folk etymologies; the Oxford English Dictionary attributes it to the Christmas box; the verb box meaning: “To give a Christmas-box (colloq.); whence boxing-day.” Outside the Commonwealth, the day is celebrated with a different name.
So, know we all know how Boxing Day started and what it originally meant. Go to the Wikipedia site for more information on how each Commonwealth Country celebrates Boxing Day. There’s also a list of folklore about Boxing Day.
Go to Rob’s Place to read enjoy a reading of Christmas Eve in Florida. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as my family and I did.
Since we arrived here on Dec 25th, this is the first sunny day we’ve had! Things are much prettier when it’s sunny! Rob and I have been busy training our African staff with new technology tools! Hard work, but it’s been fun meeting people from all over the continent.
Last night, New Years Eve, every country represented at this conference performed a song, drama, or dance that is traditional to their country. Everyone wore their traditional dress. It was a big party. The women wore beautiful dresses and the men very cool outfits. I wish I could post pictures, but the interntet access here is not the best. I’ll post pictures when I get back!
Oh, and also been doing a lot of Christmas shopping for my family. I just want to buy everything!!!
Bye for now.
Rob and I have been in Kenya since Christmas Day and it’s been a lot of fun since we got here. We were able to do a safari and now we’re in Nakuru for a Christian student conference for students from all over the continent. The people have been so nice. I’ve interacted mostly with Kenyans and the group from Nigeria.
My friend Amy who grew up in Kenya posted about the toilets here. She wrote a very good and detailed description you can read about here.
I just want to say that I braved the “long drop” (toilet) and I was wearing pants not a skirt. I had no choice. The experience was exactly as she described! I was the only female in the group who used the toilet.
I don’t want to use them again. I’d rather find a bush, which I did on the 2 hour drive from Nairobi to Nakuru. I’ve also learned to carry my own roll of toilet paper with me.
Happy Christmas Eve at 12:34 am!
Today Rob and I leave for Kenya for 10 days. Not a vacation but a mission trip. We’ll land in Belgium on Christmas morning, and fly all day to Kenya. I probably won’t blog much, if at all until we get back the first week of January.
I’m still up packing. Good intentions to pack early never seem to work for me. I really tried hard today to do it but things just kept popping up. No worries.
May you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family (Rob and me) to yours!