I love Christmas, but it's been a little hard for me to get into the Christmas 'Spirit' this year. Except for 2009, all of my Christmases have been enjoyed with cooler to cold weather, snow, fireplaces, hot cocoa and hot apple Cider and all those other wonderful winter memories. It's a little different enjoying a Summer Christmas in South America.
Yesterday changed all that when we went to the Christmas Pageant at the Santiago Temple.
It was spectactular!
Since we didn't have tickets for the reserved seating we left early to get a good seat.
We got off the bus at the Church office building and Mission home and the Sr. Temple Missionaries were out on the street singing Christmas Carols. I see these sweet ladies each week when I go to the temple and they asked Darryl and I to come and sing with them.
We found some pretty decent seats off to the side.
Darryl took a few pictures while we were waiting.
The is the crowd that didn't have reserved seating.
The Choir was obscured by the trees for some of us, but they put up a screen, for those who couldn't see to well, to watch the program on.
Orchestra, Choir, Dancers and Actors. It was a very good program and was broadcast in Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina.
After the program was over we enjoyed the beautiful lights on the temple grounds
They were having a Nativity Walk through the cultural hall of the adjoining Chapel. The wise men and Angel serenaded the crowd with Christmas carols.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is decorating with many different Nativity Sets. I try to get at least one nativity to display from each place we have lived, so seeing all the different nativities really helped to get me in the Christmas Spirit.
I didn't get photos of all the sets, but I did get a few.
I really wish they had put a colorful background behind the crystal Nativity, it was really stunning but I couldn't capture it in the photos.
And this one made us smile.
I believe that is the happiest baby Jesus I have ever seen!
With the post I am now current on my blog. Being 4 months behind is no fun and I will try not to let it happen again. Tomorrow Darryl and I fly to Key West, Florida to spend Christmas with Cody and Alisa and our new Granddaughter Rachel. As soon as I get some good photos of my new baby girl I will post them. Until then...Merry Christmas everyone!