Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day

Colombia doesn't have the most holidays in the world (according to my research that would be Austria with 38 holidays each year; what's that? You are moving?), but they do have quite a few. I remember counting 15 Monday holidays one year. If the actual day falls on a weekend, you don't always get that many.

But they (obviously) don't celebrate American holidays like Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, or Memorial Day. In fact, I don't really remember celebrating that last holiday while we were on the mission field. But Nikki, a friend of mine who lives the next country over, celebrated last year in Ecuador. Here's what they did.

"I had the privilege of hosting two American military families last year so pulled out the few red, white, and blue things I could find. We generally keep the “Americana” d├ęcor to a minimum here, but I think we made it work okay. I found some blue and white checked paper and wrapped it around an empty spaghetti jar to help with the “blue” part. The fabric napkins have sea creatures on them, but I figured that could stand for the “from sea to shining sea” part of America!

"We treated our friends to pescado encocado (coconut fish) from the restaurant across the street and then finished the meal with coffee and patriotic cookies that my kids helped decorate.

"Because we set the table on Saturday, we had a Sunday morning breakfast picnic on the front steps. Thankfully it was a nice sunny morning, full of feisty hummingbirds, a cute little blue and white bird, and a spider in a hole. 

"My husband was in the jungle, so he missed out on all the above activities and fun...but he did enjoy some leftover fish and cookies later!"

Coincidentally, we are having Nikki and her whole family over for dinner tonight!

What did you do to commemorate Memorial Day?

Nikki Rogers lives in South America with her husband, Dan, and their two children. Nikki keeps busy cooking and baking things from scratch and being a homeschooling Mom.

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  1. Aww, so nice to celebrate homeland holidays even when you're abroad. Enjoy dinner w/ your friend! :)

    stopping by from Diana's Pin Me Linky party.

    Christine :)

  2. Those cookies are beautiful! What a beautiful idea for our U.S. holidays! We grilled some brats and hotdogs with some family/friends down on our farm.

  3. What a sweet thing to do for the families! I know they were touched. And, your decorations were perfect!

  4. Very neat! I'm so glad we found your blog!! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

  5. What a nice idea! The cookies look so delicious and the decorations are so pretty...

  6. Those cookies turned out amazing! That is a great thing to do for the families.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  7. Those are beautiful cookies, almost too pretty to eat!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  8. We celebrated Memorial Day with some friends from Vietnam! It was a great weekend. The kids decorated cookies which were awesome -- just not as pretty as yours!

  9. I love the decorations, and the cookies. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop 55. We can't wait to see what you have for us this week. This weeks party is live.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  10. So patriotic and festive! Love that! (And those cookies look delicious!)

    Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social!

  11. Those cookies would be perfect for July 4th, they're so cute!


  12. We had a family bbq on the patio by the pool. Coconut Fish? That sounds pretty good! Thanks for linking with me :)



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