So Monday we had an essentials p-day and I already kinda mentioned last Monday last time but what I didn't mention is that we went to go do the living Christmas card to a Hungarian guy named Zscholt. We showed up at his kinda run down building and sang to him and he ended up loving it so much that he took us down to the basement where his other hungarian friend named Garbor lives. So we sang to Garbor in the pretty dark basement because it took the glitchy motion sensor light 7 minutes to turn on. So that was a equally fun part because it kinda turned into a strobe light in a dark basement in Denmark, eating chocolate with 2 Hungarians and 5 people I have only know for a max of 3 months.....
Thats a mission for ya haha. :)
So we did two service projects on Tuesday.
1) Was with the lady *J who has sanitation issues. Well first off her boyfriend *J took us to help lift a Christmas tree back up that had fallen down which only took a total of one person to do. We had 6 to do service..... so then he said we should come have an orange soda and play darts because we worked so hard. We reminded him that all we did was lift up a tree. He said that was a lot of work.... He is kind of a funky dude. So after we finally got him to take us back to *J to do the real project, we found out that it was basically a snipe hunt.
What she wanted us to do was to find a shoe that her diseased rug of a dog took and hid in the woods somewhere. So me and Elder Howe volunteered to look in the woods while the onthers searched her house. We found some fun breakable garbage to throw at rocks (which we might have done.....) but no shoe hahaha. But she fed us Christmas ham and stuff after we realized we would probably not find it.
2) We helped a family in our ward move into their house. They fed us dinner too haha.
On Wednesday we had a combined Christmas district meeting special with the second ward missionaries. Afterwards we did a little gift exchange with just our district:)
After that we went and spent the rest of the day with a member and he showed us how to make marzipan stuff and we ate risengrød and æbelskivers.
Pretty typical of a Danish December 23rd.
We went to the zoo:) I'll let the pictures show the experience haha.
After that we went to Guds tjeneste, which is basically the Christmas church session that most Danes go to (most of them for the only time that year). But it was only like 40 minutes and there were musical numbers and talks and stuff. And *C came!! That was a blessing for sure:)
So the 24th of December is the day that Christmas is celebrated. We went to the Jensens in our ward for basically the afternoon and the rest of the night. So we ate a classic meal of flæskesteg, duck, white potatoes, brown potatoes, red cabbage, and some other stuff. After that we had risalamande and i found the whole almond so i got the almond gift! haha
After dinner and dessert, that is when the families sing songs and dance around the tree:) Super fun stuff! Then all presents are opened on the 24th night. So we had to stay for that because you do NOT leave until they are done haha. But they gave us some gifts too so that was awesome:)
After we got home, we said "when in Rome" and opened all of our gifts too:) Everyone who sent me gifts... You are the greatest!!
Even though I was away from home and I didn't get a ton of gifts or stuff like that, it is probably going to be one of the most memorable Christmases so far because of how different it was. ¤ Elders in a little apartment with a paper tree and christmas lights, all away from their families for the same reason. I loved it:)
For Christmas day we woke up at 5:15am to get ready so we could ride out to a family to use their ipads to Skype our families. The dad answered the door, let us in, and went back to bed haha. It was a super neat thing to skype! It was kinda just like a living email haha it was awesome:)
After skyped we kinda just sat there on their couches for a while and played with the Jensens guitar and ended up finally just telling them over text to have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the rest of their sleep:) haha
We got back from skyping around 10 so that was when we started studies and stuff. We were inside for a while and then we went out to contact haha. No one wanted anything to with us haha. So the Turpins (our senior missionary couple) invited us to come eat with them because we didn't have a placehaha. But yea that was basically our day:)
Church, weekly planning, and another eating appointment. Thats about it:)
But yea thats about it! haha. Thats as much as i have time to put on there so i hope it all makes sense.
Real quick i have to quotes from a talk by elder Jeffery r. Holland called "The inconvenient Messiah"
"Cherish your spiritual burdens because God will converse with you through them and will use you to do his work if you carry them well."
"If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived."
Those are pretty dang awesome:)
Well that all! I wish i could take the time to tell everyone of you Merry Christmas individually but unfortunately time does not allow. Have a great week!
Dont make goals you wont keep;)
|Our Hungarian Boy Zscholt that we caroled to.|
|Pizza socks and Christmas Trees.|
|The bounty of our district Christmas exchange|
|Marzipan candy making :) #lochness|
|"Please Let Pelican bite hand"|
|The Lion in its wild glory|
|Cody Maverik everybody.. (from Surfs Up if you haven't seen the best movie ever!)|
|Cooked duck and flaeskesteg. Traditional Danish Christmas meal.|
|Us getting ready to dance around the tree.|
|The Crew with our gifts from familien Jensen|
|The Crew getting ready to open some gifts|
|Some of my bounty (shout out to the Callisters and Lebarons:)|
|Cherry Sours #Whatelseisthereislife:))))))|
|Christmas day in the streets in Odense:)|
|The crew ft. Mustaches|