Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Posada

Last night was the Christmas party for our Mexican family.  60 people showed up, the weather was cold and wet but we had a good crowd.  We left the camera at home, sorry about that. 

We had lechon en ataud, baby pig cooked in a casket.   A big metal box with a removal lid was used, about 1.5 meters long by 1 meter high.  The top is set up for making the fire and the heat works its way down inside.   We also had chickens cooking inside and carne asada on top.  Very good food.

We had our usual piñata and the posada, asking for room at the inn.  We stayed out until 2 a.m.  I couldn't believe it.  Everyone also thanked me for starting the tradition of monthly parties as well as the traditional party last December and last night.   As a surprise to me, everyone gathered in a big circle and prayed for my niece Lisa who is under treatment for breat cancer.

It was really something.  Also, one of Juan's great-nieces invited everyone to partipate in bringing Christmas to the needy.  She and her friend, NiFe (name derived from chemistry) are putting this altogether and have already found a neighborhood and a list of children and their desires for Christmas from Santa.  The list has 130 names so it is quite a project.  We all agreed to participate and we will be visiting the children with gifts and food in hand.  This is all really coming along much better than I would have thought when we started this last December.

NiFe and Vanni

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