Monday, December 12, 2011

Belmopan Christmas Tree Lighting 2011

Spencer and I went early to get seats and enjoy the food in the carnival like atmosphere at the tree lighting ceremony.  Last year Tom and I began our first Christmas season in Belize with this event. It was exciting to feel like a veteran while explaining to Spencer what the night would be like as we drove over.  The National Anthem followed by an opening prayer offered by a pastor from a local church.  Children of all ages performing and public officials making it clear that Christ would be in our Christmas celebration.  Churches and individuals selling food, desserts and sodas to all who came with money to spend.  Everything from Turkey dinners to Black Fruit Cake were available to enjoy.  

We purchased 6 garnaches, and some soda for $2USD, and then settled in our seats to take it all in...

a few members of the Belchoral Society

Mayor Simeon Lopez

a school choir

a baby's first Christmas

let's dance!

not as big as last year's tree

but just as beautifully decorated

finally lit!

440.  having one of our sons with us for the holidays.
441.  seeing familiar faces among the hundreds of people there.
442.  being recognized and greeted!
443.  tasty food...garnaches!
444.  tennis shoes, flip flops, wrinkled choir robes and children singing out carols with gusto.
445.  babys dressed in holiday colors.
446.  our second Christmas in Belize.
447.  five days off to go to the coast to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
448.  Spencer being here to keep an eye on the house and care for the dog while we are away.
449.  time to reflect on the gift of relationship as we sit on the beach counting waves.
450.  hearing testimonies at church in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
451.  the incredible diversity among the people in this country.
452.  eating a tasty fried chicken dinner for $2.50 USD following the service.

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  1. It looks like a good time was had by all! I guess the only thing missing was some hot chocolate and winter weather!

  2. Anonymous10:15 AM

    It sounds like you had a great time and shared a unique moment all together. We can feel all the atmosphere of Christmas through your photos. Very nice!

  3. Anonymous2:43 PM

    sounds like a wonderful time!

  4. Looks like a great way to kick off the Christmas season!!

  5. It looks like a wonderful presentation! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    And Happy Anniversary!! I pray you two have a truly wonderful time away, and celebrate God's love in your marriage!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  6. Hi Alida,
    Thanks for visiting my looks like you had a great time and so did everyone else :) Congrats on your 30th Anniversary!

  7. Hi Alida,

    Thanks for visiting my blog...what a fun celebration!

  8. So good to see pictures of how Christmas is celebrated all over the world! Such a blessing!

    Happy Anniversary! Have a fun time counting blessings and waves!