This year I’ve stayed put in my home base of La Paz for the holidays. Sad to be away from family and friends in California, but grateful for a break from travel and the chance to lean on the kindness of my friends here. I’ve used the time to relax at home with puzzles and Christmas card-making, and get together with friends.
At Luz y Verdad church I helped put together goody bags for young and old, and brought some Christmas cookies as a treat for our special Sunday lunch. We didn’t have a Christmas Eve service there, so I went to La Paz Community Church with my dear friends the Bakers and enjoyed singing beloved carols in English–closing with “Silent Night” by candlelight. The Bakers invited me to spend the night at their home, so I was blessed with friendly companionship and the chance to share in the enthusiasm their four young boys bring to the celebration.
One of my favorite things about Christmas here is the way the Prado in the center of town is filled with lights and displays and music. On Saturday night I just happened to be walking by when a children’s choir was offering an open-air Christmas concert. I didn’t have my camera with me, so I went out again on Sunday night to take a few pictures and enjoy meandering up the boulevard among lots of Bolivian families.
I hope your Christmas season
is filled with light and warmth and love!