We are deep into the Christmas season here in Chile as all of you reading this blog are also wherever you are. However, it is different from the norm for us in every way except the most important one.
The day after Thanksgiving four of the office elders came over and put the tree together and then decorated it. They loved doing it and we were glad for the help. It is patriotic for both the colors of Chile and the United State—how fortunate. The ornaments are very different because they are only the unbreakable sort and the elders had to tie strings on each ornament so we could hang them.
The local shopping complex has a huge lit tree outside but none of the houses are decorated outside. I see people buying Christmas decorations at the store; in fact they are mostly gone even though they only appeared about three weeks ago. Fortunately I have found decorations here in the mission home, thus augmenting the few we brought with us. The stores are playing American Christmas music but it was still a little strange to hear Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer in the local version of Home Depot. I planted petunias in theporch pots on the same day I decorated the fireplace mantel.
The weather has been gorgeous here and we send sympathy to those who have been enduring the intense cold. Next week it is supposed to reach into the nineties! It does not rain in the summer here which is an interesting fact because of all the great produce here in Chile most of which is imported to the US.
This week will be busy holding Christmas zone conferences for the missionaries and attending devotionals so hopefully you will look forward to that report next week. Thanks for reading—Presidente and Hermana Warne