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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas day in Patagonia

We had a lovely Christmas day and it is still christmas here. It is 11.38pm the kids are in bed, Z is still fighting to go to sleep. Joaquin was up at 5.30am wanting to open presents. He did not have a siesta all day and finally got to bed at 11pm.
All I can say is Christmas= opening presents, spoiling kids, eating food, family, some arguments, some making up, food, more food, playing with presents, cleaning up, riding new bikes, going out in the cold (whats up with the cold in Late December in Patagonia). We should have put the fire on today too.

We opened presents at 8am.
There were bikes - a pink one with doll carrier for Zalia, a grey one with suspension and gears for Joaquin, a doll house, a lego passenger train, lego train station, books, colouring books, pens and textas, a yo-yo, 2 bombillas (one for me one for my mum) to drink mate, some knives for Jas, clothes for my dad and Seba.
There was a lot of food. A small 3kg turkey, home made stuffing( with olives, walnuts, fresh parsley, bread crumbs, egg, chicken condiment, rosemary, thyme, celery, onion, garlic), a beetroot salad, a potato salad, roast potatos, avocado. For desert we had more pavlova, more trifle, more home made custard, jelly, and Jas's home made christmas pudding which was amazing. The bees knees.
After dinner, there was cleaning, and lego making, little Z had a sleep with me (I was exhausted). The some of the adults went back to their home for a siesta. Later in the afternoon Seb came over to play the guitar. Joaquin joined him playing the chord strummer that is a bit like a harmonica but meant to help get the tune the chords on the guitar. Joaquin has a lot of music abilities, he says he wants to learn the piano. We listened to Seb play Paul Kelly's and Kevin Carmody's "From Little things Big things grow". It was really good and of
course I had to google this song to see what it was about. The Gurindgi strike, that took place in the 1960s when Aboriginal stockmen went on strike at the NT Wave Hill station and this strike was led by Gurindji man Vincent Lingiari.

Overall it was a lovely Chrismtas celebration with my family in Patagonia with an Aussie slant thanks to Jason and his cooking and traditions. We celebrate more New Years Eve here in Argentina.

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