Yesterday afternoon we had the opportunity to practice with our church's worship team of fun young folks. We learned some new songs, including a handful of Christmas ones. Some of the Christmas songs are the same as our carols (with translated lyrics), but we learned a new one by Marcos Witt. He is one of the top Spanish-language worship leaders and has been putting out music for a long time. We bought one of his two Christmas albums on iTunes last night. If you're interested, you can hear a clip from the song we learned by clicking here. His music has a definite Latin flavor to it, which I am beginning to love but Tim is still resisting. If you don't come at it with an open mind, it tends to register as cheesy I think.
When we came home last night, everyone was in the living room finishing up the Christmas decorations, including a tree! There are no live Christmas trees here, but plenty of people have plastic ones. At church this morning, we lit an Advent candle and sang two Christmas carols- Joy to the World and O Thou Joyful Day (both in Spanish of course). The table is set with Christmas placemats, and Saga Falabella (our department store) is packed.
When I got home, I stuck a few photos from home on our mirror:
- making cookies when I was 8
- opening stockings with my little brother on the steps
- my very first stocking with my mom and me at 6 months
- our Christmas tree from my high school years
- my grandmother sitting by the Christmas tree at her house
- the buffet at the house of my grandmother's former housekeeper, Blumer (we were invited every Christmas afternoon)