Woke up and cleaned the apartment before heading with Felipe out to Algarrobo to his brother´s house on the beach. You drive through a series of small beach towns along beautiful coastline to get to it. We arrived a little early so I went with him around to a few places where he had to pay bills for his own business, Paseos.
Later we stopped for some sushi because we were both so hungry and since dinner wasn´t going to be later, we figured we were safe to eat now. We arrived at the little sushi place (which was right down the street from his brothers!) and it immediately started pouring rain. Good thing we got there then! We had some delicious sushi and then went back to his brothers where we played with adorable little nephews while dinner was getting ready. They are learning english in school so we had a fun time exchanging words and teaching each other new words in English & Spanish.
The night consisted of eating awesome appetizers, drinking fancy cocktails, dancing (of course, it is South America, after all!), and talking. Dinner was laid out beautifully and consisted of a ton of awesome food and several desserts. Felipes nephews each said wonderful toasts for the family and each said thank you that I could join them tonight (so sweet!). After dinner Felipe and I took the boys out to the street so we could ´look for Santa´, which was really just a distraction so the family could get all the presents out to put under the tree. hehe. We went back to the house after about 5 minutes and the kids, as well as all the adults, had a great time ripping open all the presents in a flying frenzy of paper and ribbons! They did a Secret Santa exchange where everyone drew a name out of a hat (I got Felipe´s sister Nieves and I had bought her a few cute shirts) and I got this cute grey purse and a pretty black coverup.
This Christmas was my second away from home and it was hard being even farther this time -- instead of just being a few states away I was countries away. But, being invited into a family celebrtion was a great way to spend it and they welcomed me with open arms. A very Merry Christmas indeed!