Christmas & New Year celebrations

Merry Christmas everyone. At Nana Juana marina in Guatemala we had a great group of people to enjoy Christmas eve and Christmas day.

On December 24th we enjoyed drinks and finger food with the sun setting and fireworks going off. Guatemalans celebrate Christmas on Xmas Eve and fireworks light up the skies when the sun sets through into the wee hour of the morning. We also had a gift exchange where a gift could be taken from someone else up to a maximum of 3 times. Lots of fun as you can imagine with some very imaginative gifts; the live chicken for one.

Our fireplace designed by Wendy

Our fireplace designed by Wendy

Wendy & Ken organizers of the gift exchange & Don with his new gift after his original was stolen.

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On Christmas Day we had a big feast with 47 cruisers and had a great day which started early (6am) by getting the spit ready for our 30lb lamb and continued through to sitting around a fire at night telling stories and singing carols.

 Finn, a kiwi delivering our lamb to the cooking area

Finn, a kiwi delivering our lamb to the cooking area

We had lots of helpers starting at 6am

Girls Prepping lamb for going on the spit

Girls Prepping lamb for going on the spit

 

Brett & Brian setting up a system to rotate the lamb on the spit

Brett & Brian setting up a system to rotate the lamb on the spit after building the fire

 

Lamb nearly ready and looking Tasty!

Lamb nearly ready and looking Tasty!

Belinda had competition for eating the bones of the lamb.

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Lots of food to eat…thanks to everyone bringing dishes to contribute to our amazing dinner.

Dave the carver & Chef Pat who cooked the turkey

Dave the carver & Chef Pat who cooked the turkey

 

Chef Wendy who did the ham

Chef Wendy who did the ham

April from Spirit of Argo had cooked a chicken for the feast too, so lots of food.

The Xmas gang sitting down to eat

The Xmas gang of 2015

 

The Marina staff joined us for dinner as well

The Marina staff joined us for dinner as well; Walter, Edgar, Mario, Marilyn, Riccardo & Juillo

New Years celebrations fast approached and Marilyn our Marina Manager organized an event at the restaurant where there was a good mix of cruisers and Guatemalans to enjoy the night.

Marilyn and David salsa danced most of the night for us, which was great to watch. She also organized a DJ so we could all dance the night away. Great night, thanks Marilyn!

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Elise the owner of the marina brought in horns, hats and masks to make for a fun night. Don’t the girls look great!

Me, Sue, Belinda & Anne

Happy New Years! Safe travels and enjoy 2016. Life’s what you make of it.

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