Saturday, 29 December 2012

Mon. Dec. 24th 2012

Our first job of the day was to be at the airport at 7:00 am to pick up Pres. and Sis. Freestone!!  Poor guys - they had to get up at 3:00 am in order to make this flight!  Brent did an extra run for the mail this morning - just in case there were any more Christmas parcels.  He also picked up the meat we had ordered at the deli.  We cooked the turkey breast and the a couple of chicken breasts for the Christmas Eve dinner at the Mission Home at noon - our contribution was the meat, slivered carrots, gravy and cranberry sauce.  All together, there were 12 of us for dinner.  It was very good - really Christmassy.  Sis. F. made a Spicy Pumpkin cake which fit right in - it was delicious.  We didn't dally there as we had to be down at the Acropoli bldg. by 2:30 to meet the rest of the missionaries.  We played a couple of games - one where each of your team grabbed a musical instrument (toy kind) and were given 15 minutes to work up a skit.  Bro Elks, Sis. F. and I were judges!!  The skits were hilarious and we finished up giving them all the same score!!  In the next game, your team lines up and each person on the team runs to a table on which there was lots of wrapped candy and a pair of welder's gloves - the object being the first team to unwrap the designated number of pieces of candy was the winner.  Following that, the young missionaries went up on Mars Hill for a testimony meeting.  It was pretty cold, so a few of us oldies gave it a pass (for safety sake) a just waited in the "Young Single Adult" lounge.  When they came back we watched a movie called "Silent Night."  Then it was time to go home.  We are not usually out that late and we really enjoyed the Christmas lights on the way.  I guess, being Christmas Eve accounted for the lack of heavy traffic and it made it an unusually pleasant drive home.

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