El albergue

El albergue

Sunday, December 2, 2012

On the first day of Christmas...

Christmas is upon us!!! Yay! I just love the holiday season, the lights, the decorations, the food, the laughter, the Christmas cards, the extra joy that crackles through the air. It is truly a wonderful time of year. So, in honor of this joyous month, I’d like to share how my roommates and I started our celebrations.

First, after a good little bit of sleeping in, I went for a run. It was a good run, especially since I have Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens on my iPod. It’s a good book, and it always makes my runs more interesting. It’s going to end soon though… sigh… I guess I’ll just have to find a new book to listen to! (check out my secret spot for free audio books here)

Next, after a flurry of taking showers and dashing about the apartment getting ready, Kels and I headed down the street to have lunch at one of her friends’ apartment. It was a lovely, relaxed, quiet meal with lots of conversation and even a little bit of dancing (yay for learning new salsa moves!). After, we headed over to a little German Christmas market, where I had just enough time to snag a toasty warm soft pretzel before running away to meet up with a friend.

Lunch date!

Once we met up, we headed to the center of the city, meandered around the fun Christmas market in Plaza Mayor for a few minutes, then got some gift boxes started for our church’s Christmas ministry. Have you ever heard of Operation Christmas Child or Angel Tree or something like that? It’s something along those lines. We had to fill shoeboxes with an assortment of lovely things like toys, school supplies, soap and toothpaste, and more toys. Then, this morning after church, we actually got to finish off the boxes and turn them in. Within the next couple weeks, those boxes will go out into the world to bless some children who otherwise wouldn’t be getting anything.

Later in the evening, I went back home to make pumpkin pie pancakes for a festive roommate dinner with Kels and Danielle (plus D’s boyfriend). The pancakes were dense and moist enough to be described as satisfyingly heavenly. And oh, were they delicious topped with cinnamon yogurt, banana, and blueberry jam, OR spiced apples and honey. So good!!! Then we put up our homemade advent calendar, which has an activity or quote or verse for every day until Christmas.

And the crowning glory of the day – Movie Charades! We didn’t keep score or anything, but it was a lot of fun watching each other be silly as we tried to get our teammate to understand which movie we were supposed to be communicating. In fact, we had so much fun that two and a half hours went by and it was 1:30 am before we even realized we were tired.

(the movie was Black Stallion)

All in all, it was an amazing day. Definitely the perfect way to start Christmas!

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