A very Argentine Christmas

My first Christmas out of the country!  It was very “tranquilo” one would say.  Means calm.  They celebrate it differently here.  Most people do have a little tree in the home with lights on it, and the REALLY hardcore people have a string of lights thrown on the outside of the house.  There’s no caroling that goes on.  There’s really not any Christmas music.  What a BUMMER, right?  But my companion and I got our fix listening to Christmas music in the pension (me singing them), visiting and singing to the elderly people at the elderly home, and to the members at any opportunity we had.  I wanted to get the tradition STARTED in Argentina, but, with all my efforts, I don’t think it caught on. :)  “Que va hacer”  A saying here that means “what can you do” while shrugging the shoulders.
Christmas day I spoke to the fam!!  The best gift! Then at night we ate at the Abuela’s.  In the pictures below, La Abuela, is the small woman with the big glasses.  She looks a little estranged in these pictures (becuase she doesn’t smile in any of them) but she is the sweetest, hard-working, loving woman here.  And she slabbed a full-on pig on the asado for us to eat big that night!  Pig is probably my favorite meat here.  Afterwards we let off some floating lanterns.  Who knew those things were super fun?!  I finally caught on.
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On Christmas day, they don’t have gifts waiting by the tree in the morning for all the kids to run to.  It’s just a day off from work!  We did our best as disciples of Christ to remind people to worship and thank God for our beloved Savior this day.
On the missionary work, we had some great lessons this week with people!  I love teaching the truth and teaching it with much more smoothness now since my spanish is a whole lot better.  We are always seeing what more we can do as missionaries with every moment we have to help others come unto Christ.
Love you all…Happy New Year!  Feliz Año Nuevo!
Elder Orme

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