Christmas, Christmas, and a bit of Christmas

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Roll a die and if you get a six, take a gift from the middle of the table or from anyone else (who has more than one gift already). I guess you can imagine the enthusiastic fight to get the biggest and most beautiful presents. It was a blast!! Age four or 34 didn’t matter - everybody was all into the traditional Danish Christmas game.

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Jesus’ Birthday cannot be celebrated enough. Down here we got the privilege of celebrating it three days in a row. Tuesday with the kids at the orphanage El Refugio, Wednesday we celebrated the Danish Christmas with a full Danish Christmas dinner and the legendary Danish gift game for entertainment, and Christmas day we got the whole American package with a delicious breakfast and nice friends over for dinner. On top of that, almost all of the girls took part in the extensive tamales fabrication (the Honduran traditional Christmas food) and our kiwi Conor partook with a kiwi BBQ. We did not lack food or variety thereof.

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The gift part on Christmas morning is a story of its own. Two year old Estrella refused to receive her first gift and almost cried when Allison tried to open it. It only took her that first gift for her to catch on though. From then on, she was up and ready as soon as her name sounded. Four year old Giselle looked like she forgot to breathe every time she got a present, and the general noise of delightful screams and laughter was amazing.

We cannot express how grateful we are for the sponsors who made Christmas so special for us this year.