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Sunday, December 25, 2011

More Christmas!

Here are a few more highlights from the days before Christmas:

My little 3rd graders did such a good job singing!
Highlight number seven:  On Tuesday, the entire school convened for their annual festival of Christmas carols, in which each grade performed two carols, one in Spanish and one in English.  It was so much fun getting to participate with my 2nd and 3rd graders by trying to help them remember the little bits of choreography (although they remembered some parts better than me) and watching the creativity of rest of the school come to light – never before would I have thought Mama Mia could be made into a Christmas carol.  But apparently it can.

Very Spanish shepherds, I must say.
Number eight:  Wednesday morning, we got to see a couple of the different grades perform their little Christmas plays – my little students were so proud to be able to wave to me from the stage before they had to get down to the serious business of their acting.

Number nine:  Loads of great food!  Seriously.  On Thursday we started the day with churros con chocolate in class, then after the kids went home early, the teachers went on to eat this lovely feast provided by the company who runs the cafeteria.  My favorite from that?  Sorbete de mandarina.  Think creamy slushy with the wonderfully bright flavor of mandarin oranges mixed with champagne.  So good.  Then Christmas Eve was a smorgasboard of potluck deliciousness with a group of people from church.  Besides our twice-baked potatoes, there were also roast lamb, Russian dumplings, seven-layer dip, besides various other scrumptious things. 

The fabled sorbete de mandarina.......yum

Christmas Eve deliciousness

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