On the 10th day of Christmas, South America gave to me…

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January 6, 2013 by jiejie768

There are technically still 2 days of Christmas left (the Christmas season goes until January 6th, Los Reyes Magos, don’t you know…). Traveling and family time have taken precedent over blogging time, so here are five more days, in rapid succession. We hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

…some really happy children. We had our KATC Christmas party on Christmas Eve and it was probably the most fun I’ve had in Ayacucho to date. We took the kids on the big yellow bus, singing Christmas carols all the way into downtown. On the way back, we switched it up with some Gangam Style and were surprised to find that several of our students know the song and dance (cue “Hey sexyyyyy laaddddy” sung in a heavy Peruvian accent by 9-year-olds). The students performed the songs they had been practicing for weeks, we had pollo a la brasa and potatoes, colored, chatted and generally had a great time. I was really impressed with both the kids and my little siblings, who overcame the language barrier and had a good time together. Our students were genuinely disappointed that Lo and Dan weren’t coming back with us after our vacation. The best part was probably when the kids opened the new Christmas gifts for the program. We drew names and 15 or 20 kids got to open new games and toys for the whole group. Ryan, Lolo and I got to play Vanna White at one point, when one little present turned out to be a box full of numbers for other presents that were hidden in the kitchen. Marc Antony, the four-year-old brother of two of our students, got the honor of passing out numbers, and we ran the gifts down from the kitchen. Finally, at the end of the party, we passed out gifts, paneton and chocolatada to our students, just like we did in the campo. My family brought candy canes from the States so that the students could have a taste of one of our traditions. That garnered them many hugs and kisses as the kids left, and the older staff and guests were also anxious to try them.

"Mira, Nek, Mira ... LUCES!" Meg and Isak enjoy a trip around town on the top of the Ruta Amarilla. The mini-tour on the bus was a very popular treat for the kids during the KATC Christmas Party.

“Mira, Nek, Mira … LUCES!” Meg and Isak enjoy a trip around town on the top of the Ruta Amarilla. The mini-tour on the bus was a very popular treat for the kids during the KATC Christmas Party.

First-grader Belen shows off a new Candy Land game she unwrapped to the crowd after her name was drawn from the hat during the group-gift portion of the KATC Chirstmas Party on Christmas Eve.

First-grader Belen shows off a new Candy Land game she unwrapped to the crowd after her name was drawn from the hat during the group-gift portion of the KATC Chirstmas Party on Christmas Eve.

Ryan, left, and Percy hold up packages of new actions figures that were part of the group presents at the KATC Chirstmas Party on Christmas Eve.

Ryan, left, and Percy hold up packages of new actions figures that were part of the group presents at the KATC Chirstmas Party on Christmas Eve.

After going to the campo, we brought Christmas joy back to Ayacucho during the annual KATC Christmas party on Christmas Eve. In the foreground you can see, from left, Enma, Diana, Natalie, Henri, Jhonatan and Jesus. Behind the table handing out goodies are, from left, Katie Collins, Wilbur and Percy.

After going to the campo, we brought Christmas joy back to Ayacucho during the annual KATC Christmas party on Christmas Eve. In the foreground you can see, from left, Enma, Diana, Natalie, Henri, Jhonatan and Jesus. Behind the table handing out goodies are, from left, Katie Collins, Wilbur and Percy.

KATC second-graders Alvaro, left, and Jefferson receive their Christmas presents

KATC second-graders Alvaro, left, and Jefferson receive their Christmas presents

Fiorela, left, and Isabel accept candy canes from experienced Peruvian joy bringers Tom and Lolo Anderson. In the background, Daniel, who missed the trip to the campo, studies up for his chance to hand out goodies.

Fiorela, left, and Isabel accept candy canes from experienced Peruvian joy bringers Tom and Lolo Anderson. In the background, Daniel, who missed the trip to the campo, studies up for his chance to hand out goodies.

Tom and Lucas pose after Lucas, who apparently loved EVERYTHING about candy canes, requested the empty box so he could use it as a hat.

Tom and Lucas pose after Lucas, who apparently loved EVERYTHING about candy canes, requested the empty box so he could use it as a hat.

Here are the other things South America brought to us for Christmas:
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Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 11
Day 12

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