Getting ready for Christmas is always a challenge here in the tropics. Of course it is wonderful to enjoy sunshine and the chance to bathe in the hot-springs or the river – San Gerardo is at its peak now and for the coming months. But there’s something we all miss if we grew up with
snowfall, turkey, cathedral choirs and family close by. It’s an ache that takes some effort to ignore – some efforts to replace.
But then this week two wonderful activities happened in San Gerardo that brought the true message of Christmas home. Here’s how it went:
Sunday: Holly & Jack and their daughter Maricela arrived from Colorado to spend 2 days with Dona Leyla through on, but today I spied two groups of kids practicing with their frisbees in the plaza. What a wonderful Christmas present! Thank you Holly, Jack & Maricela!
Wednesday: we had expected 5 or 6 kids to turn up for Kate’s Christmas Crafts workshop at Café Bambú. Kate Mayhew, an artist from England, has shared many of her wonderful talents with children
in San Gerardo this year: art classes, crafts, and now this super bumper Christmas Crafts afternoon – just a few days before Christmas itself. Kate came armed with paper, glitter glue, tissue paper
and much more. By the time we really got going we had over 20 participants: little ones coloring Christmas cards and glittering like crazy, others making tree decorations and ‘glass’ windows and the oldest embarked on 3-dimensional snowflakes – totally beyond my capacity! Christmas carols
played, children snipped contentedly and chattered. At the end we swept up and enjoyed Martin’s Italian Christmas cake with fresh coffee and breathed in the good feelings of a Christmas event everyone enjoyed. Thank you Kate! Everyone’s houses will be prettier for
your Christmas inspiration, the children learned new ways to express their imagination, and we felt some real Christmas spirit seeping into this tropical navidad.
Merry Christmas / Feliz navidad to all!