Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Preparations for Christmas

It was a crazy Christmas season for me and you will understand as I unfold the events of our month.  We began the decorating process here in the CCM before Thanksgiving Day.  I had some time and felt the pressure to begin...the teachers helped me decorate the tree in the Brigham Young Lobby and the North American missionaries (only ones here) helped decorate the tree in the front lobby.  The Unusual situation here......all of our missionaries reported to the mission field on December 9th and we were not scheduled to receive others until December 26th.  What should we do?  The decoration process was a reflection of this vacancy during Christmas.  We kept things as simple as possible and yet elegant and festive enough because we were scheduled to have a VIP Breakfast here with special dignitaries from the City.
Tuesday, preparation day for our teachers
They had so much fun working together and decorating this tree and I was so grateful for their help.
 Picture of the tree in the front lobby.  It really was beautiful.  It was a crazy feeling opening up all these boxes of Christmas decorations and not really knowing what we had to use and how to put it all together.....but I was pleasantly surprised.  The gifts on the table are for the Christmas VIP Breakfast we hosted on December 4th.  We gave gifts of copies of the Book of Mormon and CDs of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to all the invited guests. 
 Paula Wood was in charge of the decorations for the we coordinated all of our decorations with each other.  She is the wife of Mark Wood, the new Area Legal Advisor for the Church.  She was great fun to work with.  She decorated with a traditional Guatemalan theme. (little Guatemalan dolls and beaded ornaments on the tree with lots of lights and poinsettas.
 Each table had the similar theme with painted wooden napkin rings and colorful cloth napkins. 
 The breakfast was well attended and appreciated by all in attendance.  The purpose was to bring VIP to the CCM to feel of the Spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Our Area Presidency and their wives were in attendance as well and were really impressed with the Breakfast....This was the first year it was held in the CCM, but the feeling was that it should continue here.
December 12th we hosted the Christmas luncheon for all the staff and teachers at the CCM.  Carlos cooked the meal but I cooked all our traditional Christmas Treats.  There was so much.  But it was all gone when the luncheon was over.  They piled their plates high with goodies to share with home and family. 

Teachers.....Hnos Jimenez, Ruiz, Hna Cuque, Hno Morales,Hno Solano, Hno Abadillo, Hno Arrellano, Hna Bruno, Hna Garcia, Hno Garcia, Hnas Cruz, Simon, Giron, Anaya, Velasquez

The Burbidges, Lynn and Maureen and Bob and I,
There was a gift exchange....secret amigo...Elder Hernandez gave Bob a keychain from Peru.
Bob with the Staff:  Ivon, Norma, Ada, Grieslda, Carmen, Hno Cuz, Hno Dubon, Eddie and Javier.  Hno Cajas is in the back with Bob

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