We are all so lucky to be living in paradise. Especially, when we watch the news and see all the snow storms affecting the north east we can take great comfort in the warmth of our hosts and climate.
When I first arrived here I wanted to buy a turkey for my wonderful Viki (the girl who has helped me in our house since we have been here) and her family.
A friend of mine told me that she may not have an oven big enough to accommodate a turkey so she suggested that I buy her a smoked turkey which is fully cooked and ready to serve. I have adopted this tradition and every year in addition to their holiday pay and Christmas bonuses I purchase a smoked turkey for my Viki and our gardener along with some nice Tequila filled chocolates.
I also give a regalito (life gift) of cash to our pool man, dog walker and his family and the garbage truck boys.
There are other things that can also be done to show our appreciation to the community.
A donation to the Red Cross is always very needed and welcome. The Red Cross provides a wonderful and necessary service and are always underfunded.
You can make a donation to any of our churches with complete confidence that your donation will be put to the best use for those in need.
Another tradition that has been adopted by our, now grown, children is baskets for the local orphanages and retirements homes. The things most needed are flour, oil, rice, beans, coffee, sugar, cookies, chocolates, canned goods, peanut butter, and any other dried goods you think would be useful.
They deliver these baskets personally which are always greatly appreciated.
The blind man, usually outside Superlake, is now caring for his puppy and needs help feeding his new friend who is great company for him. He loves getting puppy kibble and cans and dog treats and I usually buy him some bolillos (local home-made rolls) and a drink this is, of course, in addition to a cash donation for whatever else he might need.
Also the biggest little man in town with no legs supports his family on what he makes by sitting outside Superlake or El Torito daily. He is very bright and friendly and is a pleasure to talk with. He always asks God to bless you when you make a donation to him.
There are many other things that can be done to help give back to our community and I have just given you a few suggestions to participate in the true meaning of Christmas. You will be very glad you did.
Feliz Navidad y Ano Nuevo a todos!