|Dina tending the fire as she makes a large pot of hot chocolate.|
|Dina peeling the potatoes for the salad.|
Cate and I had pooled our resources and went in together on some gifts for the family. Santa brought Dina a blender, Roger got a set of hand tools, Yeferson got a puzzle and watch, and Yordan got an alphabet train that lights up (I think the train the blender were the biggest hits).
|Santa and the family. It's not a real beard, I made it out of paper, glue, tape, and cotton balls.|
|Cate and the family.|
|Side shot of Santa.|
|Yordi get his train.|
|Santa is happy with the gift giving.|
|Roger and Santa show off the new tools.|
|One happy family.|
|Yefer tries his hand at being Santa|
|Yordan and the train|
Dina's family also came over to share the food, drink and dance with us*. After stuffing ourselves until about 10:30 in the kitchen, we moved the party into the bedroom/living room area and drank and danced to huayno music until the wee horas (hours). I retired at about 3:00am when Roger went to go buy more beer, Cate protested (even after falling into a ditch), but also retired soon after. And according to Dina, her and Roger ended the party as they danced and drank until the beer was gone (5:00am). Then Roger went to work again (he's a machine).
|Roger putting his waiter skills to work serving the wine.|
|L to R: Mercides (Dina's niece), Dina's brother-in-law, Dina's sister Anna, Dina, Dina's brother, and Dinas's sister-in-law.|
|Cate with Dina's hat.|
|Anna with two of her three daughters, her new baby grandson.|
|Please note Cate's pose. This is shortly before the ditch got her.|
|Roger and Dina.|
|A huayno Christmas.|
*This is the one time every year that I drink in my site. My host family loves it, and I'd be lying if I said I don't enjoy it too. Too bad alcohol abuse is the norm in town, otherwise I'm sure it would be easier for me to enjoy a beer in site.