This afternoon Rosy and I went to the Christmas Celebration at the church where I am volunteering as a tutor. I invited her a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure she knew what to expect, but we lucked out getting seats in the first row, and she seemed to enjoy the entire program.
The concert consisted of the adult choir, children's choir, orchestra, and a drama team - a grandpa and granddaughter discussing what gift they were going to give to the baby Jesus, plus a live nativity. I enjoyed the music very much, and I think Rosy did too. But she seemed especially happy with the drama. The grandpa and the little girl were exceptional actors. I was very impressed with the baby who played Jesus. He was adorable, and acted the part perfectly. He was on the stage at least 30 minutes, and never fussed. At times he looked at Mary, and then at Joseph. They could have been his actual parents - I don't know - but they seemed at ease with him, often kissing him on the top of his head. The cutest part was seeing his bare feet sticking out from the blanket. I wish I would have remembered my camera.
The shepherds and Wise Men acted their parts right in front of us. Once again, I was so happy to have premium seats. One of the men playing a shepherd and a Wise Man is a tutor at the next door table from me. I don't think Rosy recognized him in his costume and makeup.
After the concert, we went out for pizza. Rosy likes pepperoni; I like beef. I gave her a Christmas Story book which she read to me while the pizza was baking. When I took her home, I got to see their nativity figures - a gorgeous Joseph, complete with a blanket over his shoulder, an angel, and Mary on a donkey. I asked when they add baby Jesus, and they told me on December 24. It is so interesting to learn about some of their customs. Rosy's family is very nice. I love their smiles. I'm looking forward to getting better acquainted with them tomorrow night at the family Christmas dinner for our tutoring program. Rosy turned in an RSVP for 7 people. I will be sitting at their table. Tonight I asked Rosy if she will help translate for me since I know very little Spanish. She smiled her beautiful smile and said, "yes."