The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing others' loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays. -- W. C. Jones
December 24 is my favorite day of the year. I spend it at the Fundación Santa Maria de la Esperanza Orphanage, or Olón Orphanage, as it is called. The children give a performance for donors and volunteers who have assisted them throughout the year. It is their beautiful way of saying thank you.
Here are some highlights from the 2016 performance.
|Mary and Joseph, seeking accommodation|
|Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus are visited by shepherds|
|Synchronized dance routine|
A 2016 new addition was a concert! Musical instruments are being donated and expats who live nearby are giving lessons. A lot of practice preceded this day, the girls' first public concert.
|First ever concert for these budding musicians|
(accompanied by some of their music teachers, standing)
GiftsAfter the incredible performances, each child receives a backpack filled with gifts.
|Performance over and gifts in hand|
means it is time to relax
|Happy with his backpack|
and his new kite is being assembled, too
After many hugs and some tears, we visitors leave. It is time for their Christmas meal, which we collaborated to make and deliver prior to the performance.
What is your favorite day of the year?
If you are visiting from the #AtoZChallenge please include your blog link in a comment so I can check it out.
If you would like to help with the ongoing food needs at the orphanage, please go to Food on the Table.
Related post: Olón Orphanage