All this is in preparation for about 60 members of my Ecuadorean mother-in-law´s family (plus a few waifs and strays who do not have family nearby) descending upon us to celebrate Christmas together. The celebrations start with breakfast, followed by the official opening of the family games. As the retiring Patron of last years games, I will have the honour of presenting the sash and bouquet to the incoming Queen.
The silly games, swimming competition, ever-so-serious football match and volleyball will then commence. The winning team will be awarded medals to commemerate their success.
The ill-fated pig will be fried and served up for lunch in typical Ecuadorean fashion with boiled maize, banana and onion salad. In the afternoon the children will have their races. Tamara was elected Princess of Christmas last year, so she has the duty of giving out Christmas gifts to her cousins this year. This prestigious event will be followed by the election of this year´s Christmas Princess.
In the evening the fish will be served, while the family relaxes under the marquee, and entertainment will be provided by different members of the family. (Tamara has been practising Jingle Bells frantically on the piano...)
|My mother-in-law and her siblings.|