This week was Christmas week. We had some great things planned and were able to accomplish all of them. Before we get into that, however, today is our daughter Lise-Anne and Jordan's 12th anniversary. Happy Anniversary you two. We love you immensely.
We also had our 6th and 7th December birthdays and there is still one more this week.
Dustin's birthday was December 21 and Wilson's was December 23. Lynn has begun making a birthday card and sends it electronically. On the day of the birthday we Skype, phone or FaceTime. It was great to talk to both Dustin and Wilson. They had great birthdays.
On Wednesday we had a district activity. We made meals for people in our Branch who could use a boost. All the missionaries in our district met at our house. We made lasagnas, tartiflettes (the French version of funeral potatoes) and loaves of banana bread. We delivered these and also ate some together for a meal.
|One of the meals we made and delivered.|
|Elder Daines and Elder Nagloo|
|Elder McDonald and Elder Adams|
We also taught our classes this week as usual but with emphasis on the Birth of the Saviour. Ed made some games to go along with the French Gospel class. It was lots of fun and learning at the same time.
On Thursday afternoon we met the Biver family at our apartment and we went carolling at the nursing home where Laurent's mother lives. This was a special activity and really invited the Spirit of Christmas to be with us and with the people we sang for. They were elated and showed their joy by clapping and expressing their appreciation.
From there we went out to the Biver's house for a typical French Réveillon. Laurent lit a fire where we roasted chestnuts. We ate waffles, treats and fruit. We had a wonderful time and ended up singing Christmas carols together. We read the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus in French from a big family bible. Again the Spirit of Christmas was all around us.
|We even had chestnuts roasted on the open fire!|
|Us with our gifts from Okotoks|
|Ed is always happy to receive anything Astérix - a book and a game.|
|with my new garlic press and our new Christmas CD|
|We had to make up this picture but he really was excited to receive his first Astérix book!|
|Elder Daines was equally thrilled with his gifts!|
For dinner we invited everyone from our Branch who were on their own. We ended up feeding ten people altogether, including 3 Friends of the Church. We had a spiritual message about the protection that the Gospel gives us and everyone got a little gift.
Our Christmas dinner was amazing (As Christmas dinner always is). We tried to feed our guests in a typical French way. We started with a salad. This was followed up by our main dishes - turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, mushroom and chestnut gravy, brussels sprouts, turnips, carrots, corn, green bean casserole, garlic butter shrimp and jellied salad. For dessert we had a banana-apple cake which was delicious. We washed all of this down with fake champagne. We had also purchased bread and cheese but we didn't leave room for this and didn't get to that part of the meal. Everyone loved our meal and we had a great time. As a bonus we used our dishwasher which we don't usually do.
Once everyone had left it was family time. The young Elders Skyped their families from our home on their I-pads. We did the same thing with our kids and grandkids. We had a chance to talk to all of our kids, our parents and our brothers. What a lovely time it was. Later in the evening we made some popcorn and watched a movie (The Princess Bride) with the Elder Adams and Elder Daines. We then ate our bread and cheese and way too many chocolates and other treats. We had a very enjoyable day altogether full of love and happiness.
Boxing Day was interesting, too. Ed and the Elders went shopping for a suit for one of our members who had received some money for Christmas. This was quite a procedure. They ended up going to 4 different stores only to end up buying everything at the first store they had gone to. They bought a suit, a shirt, a pair of shoes and a belt for €73.00. What a deal! They had come a cross a half price sale and took advantage of that.
|This is their Power Pose!|
|We had another meal after Church services today.|
We hope all of you enjoyed this love during your celebrations and that each of you has had a wonderful Christmas and may the Lord bless you to have a marvellous 2016.
Au revoir de la France,
Lyndi-lou and eddie, too.