About three or four weeks ago, we were visiting at Lou and Mary’s home. Lou and Mary are former Canadians who lived in Florida and the Caribbean for many years before retiring in San Clemente. They bought a very nice home one house removed from the beach and have a nice big porch and open rooms with ocean views and cooling sea breezes.
The ladies (both named Mary, so this could get confusing!) got to talking and a plan was made to invite as many of the expats in the area as possible for a Christmas luncheon at Lou and Mary’s house for Christmas afternoon. Lou quickly volunteered to be in charge of the drinks and the two Mary’s worked to decide what food needed to be prepared and the logistics involved with the preparation and preservation of all of the food in light of the limited oven and refrigerator space we had available.
I will spare you all of the details and just say here that everything worked out!
Several hectic weeks later and with most of the guests volunteering to bring salads, desserts, and other Christmas favorites of their own, the two masterminds were ready to have perhaps as many as forty guests arrive Christmas afternoon.
Lou, the official drink meister, had the beer cold and ready
And we were ready for our Canadian, American, German, other European, and Ecuadorian guests to arrive. Lou put on a shirt and our friends started arriving at about 1:00, many carrying desserts and salads to add to our feast!
Our friend, Nancy Levin (who brought some of the best deviled eggs I have ever eaten!) also has a blog and she posted an article with pictures detailing most of the food and activities, so I will refer you to her post at: http://nanlevin.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/our-1st-christmas-in-san-clemente/ for those details.
Suffice to say here that there was PLENTY of food and drink for all!
People filled the house and socialized and ate inside and out.
Somewhere around thirty-five people attended and everyone seemed relaxed and pleased.
The two Marys, none the worse for wear, were able to finally relax.
San Clemente weather was characteristically warm and beautiful with a lovely cooling breeze keeping everything just right!
We do miss friends and family in the frozen north, but God has blessed us with great expat friends and perhaps the most pleasant place in the world to spend our Christmas!
Thus ends the trilogy of Christmas in San Clemente posts. We wanted to be more of a part of this community this Christmas and thankfully the community allowed us to participate fully. We met and visited with over six hundred of our neighbors and friends in the last few days. It was a fantastic way to celebrate and remember the birth of Jesus Christ.
Thanks to everyone who made this Christmas so special for Mary and me!
Feliz navidad, prospero ano y felicidad!
Life is good in Ecuador!