This year, Wade and I celebrated our first Christmas in Mexico, and you guys: we celebrated for three days straight!
 So, to keep it simple and somewhat sensible,  I thought I'd break it down by day.

involved gingerbread house creating (complete with a gingerbread baƱo), puppy chow making, Christmas carol singing, and lots and lots of love and laughter around the table. 

felt like Christmas day. Everyone in our village celebrated on Christmas eve this year so we spent the day delivering gifts (HUGE thank you to our family and to Huntsville Hospital who provided Christmas for our kids this year!). We also went to a Christmas eve church service, visited several families in the colonia, and settled in for dinner with our neighbors where we enjoyed fireworks and a meal around the table until 11pm (that's late for me, people!) As we looked around at our company which included the family we built a home for a few weeks ago, an elderly man who lives alone, and a family who are often treated as village outcasts, my husband pointed out that we could not be in better company.

morning came quick (considering we didn't even start eating at the previous night's dinner party until 10pm!) but Wade and I forced ourselves out of bed and started the day off by carrying gifts for a family that our own family had sponsored this Christmas and then loading up into a truck bed and heading over to a village pancake breakfast, hosted by some fellow missionaries.

Ever year, Wade's side of the family forgoes buying gifts for each other and instead we choose a family to gift on Christmas morning. It was our year to choose the family and so we picked our neighbors in Mexico. In the family, there are three little girls and an older sister as well.

We also got to surprise Paola with a super awesome gift -- a tablet! (apparently its what all the kids were asking for this year)  Paola is older than her sisters and such a great example to them. With three little sisters as cute at Vanessa, Ana-Karin, and Dulce, it's easy to be overlooked so Wade and I wanted to do something special for her. She was overcome.

This Christmas was definitely at the top of the list. Every moment was filled with wonder and joy and we're so so thankful to those who allowed us to bring a little extra holiday cheer to our friends in Mexico. We're also so thankful to our neighbors in Mexico who invited us into their homes, to join them in church, who brought us hot chocolate in the mornings, and who let their kids spend so much time with us this week.

Can we do it again?