Holidays Celebration like the American, German and Ecuadorian way

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Christmas with co-workers

During Christmas we had several get togethers with friends, for gift exchange we did a game called "White Elephant" it was very funny!, i think i´ll do that next Christmas wherever i will be. For dinner on the 24th. December we invited family and friends over, we had baked stuffed turkey and several delicious salads.

I met many people from Germany living here, one night we were invited to a friend´s home to light the candles of the tree as they do it in Germany and we also had delicious typical cookies brought directly from Nuerenberg.

For New Year we had a Latin American party at home of a family from Ecuador, it was very international! Me and my friend wrote "The Will" as we do it in Ecuador, in "The Will" the Old Year represents an old man that is dying and says goodbye while gives advices to everyone.

Simple and Beautiful
.. it has a lot of rhymes and it´s usually very funny and acertive. Of course we danced latino music too!

Most of us at the party were from Ecuador so we applied some customs in this party as we do it in our country. We wrote all the negative or bad aspects of the year that is ending and we burned them to forget about it. At midnight we drank champagne or wine and ate 12 grapes as the clock bells rang, this is for good luck. Also we use to go out running around the block with a baggage filled with our favorite things, if you do this it means that you will travel a lot in the new year.

The Ecuadorians got as gift from our hosts the t-shirt of the National Soccer Team, Ecuador has been in the World Cup in two occassions and we are very proud of it because Soccer is our national sport.

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Christmas with co-workers
Christmas with co-workers
Simple and Beautiful
Simple and Beautiful
My friends Kim and Jan (Germany)
My friends Kim and Jan (Germany)
Getting ready for dinner
Getting ready for dinner
Johna helping to set the table
Johna helping to set the table
Kim and Chocho
Kim and Chocho
Jennie doing self-service... i got…
Jennie doing self-service... i go…
Ginger cookies and jellybeans hous…
Ginger cookies and jellybeans hou…
Preparing the turkey
Preparing the turkey
The corpse that was left, too bad …
The corpse that was left, too bad…
My first Chrismas in the USA
My first Chrismas in the USA
Christmas tree with candles like i…
Christmas tree with candles like …
A very delicious dinner at the hom…
A very delicious dinner at the ho…
This soup was yummi! Potage of boi…
This soup was yummi! Potage of bo…
Christmas cookies from Nuerenberg
Christmas cookies from Nuerenberg
Lighting the tree at midnight
Lighting the tree at midnight
German ornament
German ornament
German ornament
German ornament
German ornament
German ornament
German ornament
German ornament
Home made Christmas star
Home made Christmas star
German ornament
German ornament
Christmas tree with lit candles
Christmas tree with lit candles
Breakfast room, very cool!
Breakfast room, very cool!
David reading the will to all of o…
David reading the will to all of …
Peruvian and Ecuadorian duo
Peruvian and Ecuadorian duo
Jan and Kim tied the knot and thei…
Jan and Kim tied the knot and the…
American Colombian friends, they l…
American Colombian friends, they …
Burning all the negativities of 20…
Burning all the negativities of 2…
New Year toast with champagne and …
New Year toast with champagne and…
She is a beauty cutie sweetie
She is a beauty cutie sweetie
Running around the block to get go…
Running around the block to get g…
Ecuadorians go crazy
Ecuadorians go crazy
Ecuadorians go crazy
Ecuadorians go crazy
Ecuadorians love soccer!
Ecuadorians love soccer!
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photo by: hanleyscot