Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Advent Calendar Days 1 to 6

Since we are not able to send Elder Backstrom packages from home (the mission has requested that no packages be sent because of the very large duty put on such packages that arrive from outside the country), we decided to send Dallin an e-mail advent calendar with some fun things for him to enjoy. We know he only gets these once a week on p-day, but we have been sending them every day. We thought you might enjoy seeing what we have sent to him:

Advent Calendar Day 1:


Tonight was family home evening and we set up the Christmas stuff and listened to Christmas music and watched a Christmas video and drank Eggnog. In other news, mom got the Christmas cake made and all in all, we're feeling pretty pumped for the Holidays to come. What's Christmas like in Argentina? The first one you spent was in the MTC, so this'll be the first real one. Hope you enjoy every minute of it. We miss you lots!
The Family

Advent Calendar Day 2:

For day 2 your favourite Christmas elf demonstrates how to celebrate the season in an elevator:

elf animated GIF

Advent Calendar Day 3:

Time to listen to some great Christmas music, Dallin. Hopefully this will bring back some memories and to please you it is a little bit of “cool jazz” for you.

Advent Calendar Day 4:

Because the Christmas season can bring out the very best in all of us; enjoy this poem and feel free to share it with others.

Love your Family

At Christmas
By Edgar Guest

A man is at his finest
     towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be
     when the Christmas season is here;
Then he's thinking more of others
     than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children
     is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than
     at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him
     he comes close to the sublime.

When it's Christmas man is bigger
     and is better in his part;
He is keener for the service
     that is prompted by the heart.
All the petty thoughts and narrow
     seem to vanish for awhile
And the true reward he's seeking
     is the glory of a smile.
Then for others he is toiling and
     somehow it seems to me
That at Christmas he is almost
     what God wanted him to be.

If I had to paint a picture of a man
     I think I'd wait
Till he'd fought his selfish battles
     and had put aside his hate.
I'd not catch him at his labors
     when his thoughts are all of pelf,
On the long days and the dreary
     when he's striving for himself.
I'd not take him when he's sneering,
     when he's scornful or depressed,
But I'd look for him at Christmas
     when he's shining at his best.

Man is ever in a struggle
     and he's oft misunderstood;
There are days the worst that's in him
     is the master of the good,
But at Christmas kindness rules him
     and he puts himself aside
And his petty hates are vanquished
     and his heart is opened wide.
Oh, I don't know how to say it,
     but somehow it seems to me
That at Christmas man is almost
     what God sent him here to be."

Advent Calendar Day 5:

Today we are giving you something that we don't think you are going to get for Christmas in Argentina: SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since we don't have enough bandwidth to send actual snowballs to you, attached are some photos of your bro in the snow, plus the trampoline, which we didn't get around to putting away before winter. Enjoy -- from your family.

 Advent Calendar Day 6:

Hello Dallin --

When we asked Linnea what we should send you for the Advent Calendar today, she said a nativity. So here are three pictures of Argentina-related nativities. Two are Argentina nativity stamps and the other is a somewhat sacrilegious picture -- or a reminder of where our priorities should be, one could say -- showing former Argentina soccer great Maradona in place of the baby Jesus.

Love, your family

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