Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010 (Halloween)

Today is Halloween but it’s a non-event in the DR. Next Tuesday, November 2nd is “All Saints Day” and it is a much bigger holiday than Halloween. But more important than either of the aforementioned events is Christmas in the DR. Christmas decorations were up in the stores by the middle of October. The season doesn’t end on December 25th. It goes right on full steam until January 6th which is “The Day of the Kings”. This is the day Dominicans traditionally exchange gifts. The Day of the Kings is supposed to be the day the three Wise Men arrived to give their gifts to the Christ Child.

Hna. Johnson loves everything about the Christmas season. Today for Sacrament meeting the opening hymn was a Christmas carol! It made Hna. Johnson’s day! She is delighted that the Christmas season is officially here. Actually she has had a Christmas CD playing in our home’s CD player for the past 3 days.

Today attendance was down in the Los Arroyos Branch. That also meant that Primary attendance was very light too. As a result there wasn’t a single fight among the children over toys, etc. Hna. Johnson was very happy about that.

Hna. Johnson’s lesson in Primary was on how to use our hands. She taught them how to fold their arms and be reverent for prayer and she even taught them how to say “I Love You” in sign language. Hna. Johnson loves teaching her Primary Nursery.

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