Archive for December 2015
In Costa Rica, most Ticos (at least in Guacimo, where we live) celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. This year we expanded it a little and invited Maricela’s Mother, boyfriend, and sister, Lola. We’ve always invited Lola’s boys, Gabriel and Moises. Maricela, Dimas, Dylana and Nazareth were here too. It was a rancho full of people.
They arrived Christmas Eve morning and everyone was in a happy, jolly mood. Especially the boys when they saw the gifts under the tree. I asked them if they wanted to eat first or open presents….to my surprise, they wanted to eat first!
And did they ever eat!!!! LOL Nana, Maricela’s mother thought the coffee was so delicious!
After lots of laughing and talking, some in Spanish, some in English and some in Spanglish, it was time to move into the house to open presents.
Nazareth wanted to be Santa! And a dramatic Santa she was!!!! I told them this year they were going to open one gift at a time so we could see what everyone gets! I tried to get pictures of them with their gifts and I’ll be darned if “Santa” didn’t photo bomb almost every picture!
Nazareth, would go “do, do, do do……Gabriel” – and then Gabriel would come up and get his gift and we’re all clapping and yelling Gabriel. It did get loud but isn’t that what Christmas is about. It was so fun to watch the boys open their gifts! Moises will start kindergarten this year, so he even got a new backpack for school; (I’ve always gotten them new backpacks.)
Nana was so pleased with scarf and immediately tried it on! I thought Lola was going to cry when she opened up her necklace and ear rings! It really tugs at your heart so see how excited they are.
I’ve gotten so I take the girls to the mall and let them pick out some clothes; better they get what they like, then something I would pick out! They look forward to this every year! But, they have to act excited when they open what they pick out….that’s the rule, as if they’ve never seen it before!
The girls both wanted calendar books this year. I told them every day they had to write “I love Nancy” and that I was going to check on them once in awhile.
After the gifts were opened, it’s quite funny to watch the kids pack up their things to go home. They cram as much as they can in their new backpacks; and head home wearing them.
I was exhausted when they left! But it was a good, happy exhaustion!!!
They truly are our Tico family; Nana, always refers to me as the kids’ abuelita (grandmother), but she really is! The girls are old enough to know that I’m their Gringo Abuelita!
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a happy 2016; I would hope their would be Peace on Earth, but I don’t think that’s going to happen! But there’s always hope!
PS: Mark is known for wearing his shirts inside out – well, he did Christmas Eve too!