Monday morning at staff devotions, we found out that, on Saturday, Liliana had 3 broken ribs as a result of a handyman falling from a ladder in her home, on top of her! She came into the office late, wearing a brace to hold her together as she heals, and she is very sore. Since it’s the last week of this working year, though, she must be here; lots of accounting and year-end payroll to accomplish! We’ll pray daily for her swift recovery, but we know it will take time.
That evening, with keys to the Toe-sho-tah (that’s how they say Toyota) HiLux truck, we drove to Carrefour to stock up on the weekly groceries, keeping in mind that more people would be shopping for their holiday meals later in the week!
In the quincho (an open pavilion on the other side of the park from our house), a couple of asadors (grillers) were cooking those 50 chickens that were delivered last week! The only wall in the quincho is the back wall, and it’s all grill! They know just how to feed the hard-wood coals and distribute them for slow, smoky cooking. We took a picture of the two guys working and tried to tell them how good it smelled – amazing! I don’t know if we can wait for the 9 PM start of this party!
We went home and Skype-called Dan’s Uncle David; it was great to surprise him and to catch up! Finally it was time to change clothes and walk over for the party. A bit awkwardly, we waited near the wall for a while, trying to figure out if we should just claim a seat, or wait to see if anyone would ask us to sit with them. We finally chose a table where we could see the “stage” area, as we’d been asked by Thea to take some photos while she sang, as part of the entertainment for the evening. Some others joined us, but we didn’t make much conversation.
The evening was very nice as we enjoyed empanadas as a first course, with grilled chicken and a salad as the second course – delicious! The entertainment was varied; beside Thea, there were a girl who did a toe dance, film clips of last year’s Christmas play ("A Gaucho's Christmas"), and a group of the young people with a new Christmas song. At the end of the evening, Pastor Hernan played his guitar and taught us all a new song, “Su Nombre Es” (His Name Is), using the text from Isaiah 9:6. That’s a great song and I hope we sing it again soon; I’ll have to write it down! It was around 1:00 AM when we walked a few meters back home, giving Argentine cheek-kisses and saying Feliz Navidad to all we passed…
Here a link to a video of what we heard and saw...Mid-Night sounds of Christmas
I think my favorites were the lanterns that had small fires inside – looked just like the lanterns from the movie “Tangled”! (Thea told us later that, at the Christmas Eve gathering she'd gone to, after the fireworks was a large meal, then everyone went out to visit other people. After lots of stops – there was a lot of traffic too, she said she was finally back in her apartment at 4:00 AM!)