Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merry Christmas from Hungary!
We hope that you had a very Merry Christmas filled with Family, Friends, and Happiness! We enjoyed spending our last Christmas here with our missionaries and our friends. We kept old traditions, the baking of Cardamon Bread, and shared it with our new friends, who called it Kalacs. These will be some of our best memories. It is a great season to be a missionary.

Early in the month we took our YSA youth out for ice skating. (They skated, we watched).
On the 19th a group of very talented young missionaries brought us a very special Christmas Concert. Actually, the young man on the far right is not yet a missionary, although he has his call. He is a fabulous organ player. Even our plain little electric organ sounded rather spectacular. Sister Bodily, on his left is a concert pianist. Sister Roderick has a wonderful voice and is from Cache Valley. She sang with the "Sundance Singers". Elder Ottley played guitar and Elders Rummler and Kubricky sang.
We bought this beautiful Poinsetta to decorate the chapel. Here they are called Mikolás Virág.
In the afternoon we took them over to the central square for caroling while we all handed out fliers for the concert.

Finally, after a very long day, I had a chance to feed them. Homemade chicken noodle soup and hungarian bread. It was just perfect.

We had a special Christmas Zone conference and the YSA kids in Budapest made hats for all of the missionaries

Santa even found his way here to Hungary and left
?stockings? for the Elders and Sisters.
We enjoyed the traditional Haslem Christmas morning breakfast.
And we spent the remainder of the day playing games and watching Disney videos and putting together this puzzle.
It was a great day. It has been a great season. Hope yours was just as wonderful.
The Haslems

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