Friday, December 26, 2014
Christmas in Xela
My Christmas here in Guatemala was different than how I celebrate in the States. I did go to the service at church on the evening of the 23rd. We ate paches (a type of tamale), then the young people did a drama and the children sang some songs. On the night of the 24th, the people eat supper LATE. I went to supper at the home of some Guatemalans from church, and we ate at 10 PM. (Some people eat at midnight). We had roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, and bread. Then we sat around and talked and later ate dessert. A little before midnight, we went over to the house of the brother-in-law and went on the roof (it is flat) to watch the fireworks. The fireworks are purchased by individuals and are much grander than the ones people can buy in the US. There were fireworks going off in all directions. After that, the family I celebrated with took me home. I slept late the next day, then hung out in Parque Central and had dinner at Pollo Campero. It seemed like a good choice, as I could have a burrito and french fries. Later I got an ice cream for dessert. A good enough celebration of Christmas, but I do not plan to miss Christmas with my family again anytime soon.