Blog by Sandra MacDonald
I think Dickie wrote about our adventures up to Christmas Eve at noon. I will update from there.
Christmas eve, Christmas Day
We spent time readying stockings and gifts and putting the candies in the stockings (they can’t go in before that or ants will get it). We also put the candies in the 136 bags we had packed earlier in the week for church kids on Christmas morning. The HATS kids each get one gift and Karen put the gifts and stockings under the tree and called the kids in. What sparkling eyes and excitement! They chose to open their stockings Christmas Eve and save their gift for Christmas after their big Christmas dinner. It takes a while for 18 kids to open their stockings with all the others watching and eager to see and touch!! We started with the youngest and worked our way up. The house mommies came to see them get their loot. They all left here happy and excited as they headed down to bed. Thank you Yarmouth Wesleyan family for all the awesome things for their stockings. Thank you to those in Springdale, NL who donated the Christmas stockings last Christmas for us to use yearly.
Christmas morning started early, we got our turkey out of the brine and into the roasting pan. Church starts at 9:30 and we all have to eat and dress and take drums, tambourines, song books, water, cups and this Sunday 4 totes of gift bags to church as well. We had a beautiful service with one lady singing Away in a Manger and another Silent Night, it was so beautiful in Creole. We had a live Nativity and Bible reading and then we lined the boys and girls up and Shondi took the boys and I took the girls and handed out all the bags. Everyone was excited to get them.
Once home the children had a snack to hold them until dinner was ready and so did we. Turkey was smelling good, carrots were peeled, potatoes were prepped the day before and just needed reheating. Only gravy had to be made from scratch. What a wonderful Christmas Dinner we had….I expected rice and beans but you would think we were home as we ate our traditional meal. This was a huge thing for Karen, who loves turkey, as her Christmas meal here is usually an egg and toast. We even had pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin pie.
The kids had what they requested – rice and beans with chicken and turkey, beet and potato salad, bannann (fried plantain) and for dessert they had cake…..birthday cake for Jesus!
We were all stuffed as we sat to watch the kids open their gift. Such excitement again as they all watch and anticipate their gift. Thank you to all the friends of Liette, (Calgary and elsewhere) for all the wonderful gifts for the children!
On Monday, the 26th, Luckner came and we had a staff Christmas get together with all the employees and Dickie gave a gift of a radio to each of them. Thank you Yarmouth Wesleyan for providing the funds for them. The staff were delighted with their gift.
Boxing Day and the days since we have heard soccer games, basketball games, dump trucks and other toys being used in the yard and Battleship, Blokus and Rummikub have been played and puzzles and colouring have kept others busy. Lots of new things to play with.
Boxing Day and the days since have seen us in the admin building in a mess….hoping to get it all cleaned up and organized today. Dickie took out the kitchen cupboards and sprayed, caulked and painted them so we had all the dishes, pots, etc in the living room. Added to that we rearranged the two offices so lots of things were piled on the floor and on sofa etc. The living room was only used to walk through….if you could even get through. Both offices had piles of stuff on the floor as Karen went through them to decide if it stayed, moved office, went to playroom in Depot, or hit the garbage. Today we hope to finish it all and get things to normal, or the new normal, and have a big room back again in the Admin building.
Newfie mummering in Haiti
We decided on Wednesday we would go mummering so we gathered the children together, a few at a time, to get a costume to fit. We started with the big ones and worked down. Louise and I had purchased a few Halloween costumes when they went on sale and the kids were really thrilled with them and although that isn’t the traditional dress for mummers they wanted to wear them and were thrilled to be Spider-Man, Ninja Turtles, Ninja Warriors, Captain America, Iron Man etc. We dressed boys and girls in these costumes and then with the littlest ones dressed girls as boys and boys as girls. The cutest thing I ever saw was Markenson as a girl! The minute I slipped the dress over his head he sashayed around the room hands on hips wiggling his little bum and then started twirling around. He was delighted to be a princess! He had a tierra, necklace etc and he loved it! He assumed his role with enthusiasm and delight.
We got everyone in the truck and headed to Borel to visit Bim, the Ayers, and visitors from the US! Dickie was driving and the only one not in costume. Shondi carried a player that blared out the Mummers Song. We visited the 3 homes there and headed back home. A good time was had by all! Newfie mummering at its best in Haiti.