Christmas Tamale Basket Dinners
A meal of specially prepared tamales with seasonal trimmings is the traditional Christmas dinner of the indigenous Guatemalans. But many families cannot even afford to feed themselves nutritious daily meals. Mayan Families prepares and gift wraps baskets containing enough food to prepare a festive Christmas dinner for as many as 12 people.
Each basket contains oil, 15 lbs of rice, a block of drinking chocolate (the traditional drink at midnight), a loaf of bread with which they eat the tamales at midnight, raisins, grapes, apples, sugar, 5lbs of meat, tomatoes, 1lb of coffee, leaves to wrap the tamales, cloves, pepper, sesame, pumpkin seeds. As an added value, the plastic bucket that holds the groceries is a useful household item after the holidays.The ladies who sponsor Oscars siblings have purchased a tamale basket for Oscar and his family...
This morning, I purchased Tamale Baskets for Marcos and his family as well as Rafael and his family.
This is great news! All three of our families will have their bellies full this Christmas!
When I started my blog, I intended to write about helping others - everywhere in the world... not just Guatemala. So, here is a post I wanted to share with everyone...
I have two military families up for "adoption" this holiday season.
Two of the families on the Christian Military Wives message board are really struggling this holiday season.
Here is the story of one of the families. An Air Force Reservist was deployed to Iraq for a year. When he came home, he found out that his full time job was no longer there for him. He has only been home a short time, and is searching for a job. His wife is a full time college student. She may have to find a part time job to help them get by. They have three beautiful children.
We also have a small family - a mom, dad and infant. The soldier is low ranking, this means they do not have much pay. Holidays are always tough for lower ranking soldiers.
If you would like to help either family - please let me know!
Soon, I will be selling homemade items from Guatemala to help raise money for Oscars home.
Items purchased, support artisans from Guatemala... we support fair trade!
I am very happy to announce that we have a total of 30 online wreath orders!
Daphne sold 10 wreaths to be shipped for her Playground Project, and I sold 20 online to go to Oscars home.
We were able to sell 15 local wreaths already, Daphne sold 4 local wreaths for her project.
I ordered 15 extra to sell, once they come in I will go door to door selling the 15 wreaths!
Not so shabby for a last minute project! :o)
The Christmas Wreath Sale is officially over - I will let you know within the next two days exactly how much we have earned towards Oscars home. :)
Raphael was able to finally come and pick up his tote! :) His sister had a baby, and it is traditional that they cannot leave the home for X amount of days after a woman has her baby. It was good to see that he was able to come and pick up his tote full of goodies. :)
Tomorrow, I will be out and about - trying to sell Christmas wreaths.
Pray that I will do well, and that people will be receptive. :)
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