|Christmas altar candle and flowers|
We then proceeded to the Foyer Notre Dame to serve Christmas dinner. The Foyer ladies and employees were there along with friends and neighbors, including a number of entertaining children. I enjoyed rice and beans, fried plaintain, mixed vegetable salad, cake, and Coke. That fine turkey was also there, cooked first on the stove and the pieces then roasted further in the oven, and the people who had brought us the Christmas cake mix had also given us a large canned ham, so it was quite a feast. We served cremasse to the guests, a traditional festive drink that tastes rather like a cross between eggnog and hard sauce. I've been promised the recipe, as it is usually homemade - it sounds rather like one of those recipes for which everyone has their own special twist. This particular kind had raisins at the bottom of the bottle, for example.
|Christmas candle wreath with reflection|
Somebody remind me to tell you how they make hot chocolate here
- even when you use a packet, it's really good!
There were not so many dishes this time, as you might imagine, so I had time to talk to my family. They were all still at the dinner table, three generations in one place, so they put me on speaker phone, and we had a great conversation with much laughter. That, too, made it seem like Christmas to me - not quite like being there, but as close as possible.
|Italian tenor singing Jingle Bells |
with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and other Muppets
on television in Haiti
So I went to bed with a light heart, far too late but knowing that today would be a day off, time to rest and enjoy, to relax in prayer, to do a little hand wash, and now to play on the computer since the power has come back on again. Life is good.