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December, 1980

Dear Friends,

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the land of Brazil. It's fun to be back after 5 years away. This is a beautiful valley, lush and green, with a cool breeze blowing through a 90 degree temperature. Rains are falling, which help. Large trees are in bloom with bright red-orange, yellow and white flowers. Nights are the rain times.

I arrived November 28th. Left Miami, November 26, 9:40 p.m., in a 747 (Pan Am) and arrived in Rio the next morning. Six hours later I was on my way north in a smaller plane, arriving 8:40 p.m. Darrel and Joy met me and on to the Missionary Guest House for a shower and the night. Then, in a small Piper cub (4 seats) we were home in 1-1/2 hours. So good to be here with the family, even tho Darrel is not quite up to par from having had hepatitis and then a relapse. Joy and Jean do everything to make my stay pleasant and interesting. We go through the markets and in all the interesting little shops, etc.

Graduation from Seminary (Bible School) was November 30th, so I was here in time to take in a recital of Darrel and Jean's piano and voice students and to hear the choir sing the cantata, "So Send I You." guests came from every direction and many hammocks were hung on hooks already in the walls in front room, dining and bedrooms and dorms.

Can you imagine the noise from the girl's dorm which adjoins Darrel's home? Laughing, yelling, practicing and all the visiting little ones as well as trucks and buses and a Pub 1-1/2 blocks away with a good strong beat!? Oh yes - rain coming down inn torrents. Every time I woke up I would laugh to myself, just glad that I was in a nice comfortable bed. I could always make up sleep -- and I have! Half of the first night was in a hammock - for fun.

It is pineapple, mango, and cashew time. I eat 'til my tummy aches - then I rest a day or two. Mango trees are everywhere and in the States we pay $1.00 for each mango! My granddaughter, Joy, has marmoset monkeys that have twin babies. They live in a tree in the back yard, and daddy monkey does most of the caring for the twins. They love bananas, mangos, grasshoppers, etc.

Parasites abound - but the city has many improvements. For example: Darrel and Jean are calling for me to go for a banana split or a hot fudge Sundae! That's new in the last 5 years! (She doesn't know that the banana split will be made with candied banana, prune sauce and ground peanuts; or that the hot fudge sundae comes with prune sauce _ not hot fudge - and a fermented cherry! typist)

My best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year!



Christmas in Juazeiro do Norte, 1974

Darrel's mother, Elizabeth, has been to visit us at least eight more times. The first time she came she arrived in time for Christmas, 1974; and actively participated in all we did. She studied Portuguese, helped with our choir and music lessons, traveled our rough roads, sang solos in the churches, played with Joy. She became adept at sleeping all night in her hammock and always enjoyed a cup of rich Brazilian coffee for breakfast! She was and continues to be a vital part of the team.


As I prepared this special Christmas edition with Mom's painting, I remembered my first Christmas dinner with the Haworth family.  It  was crowned with the ultimate Danish dessert - Red-berry Pudding with Cream. Elizabeth's mother, Minnie Larsen, was with us and knew just how to make this Danish delicacy.   She was an excellent cook, had even cooked for a royal family in Denmark.  I have never had the courage to try it, but here is the recipe.

Red-berry Pudding (serves 8)

1 pound raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries

(Grandma Larsen used raspberries)

4 cups water

1/3 cup cornstarch

1 cup sugar

1 pinch salt

1/4 cup almond slivers -- toasted

1 cup whipping cream

Bring berries to boil in water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Press through a sieve to remove pulp. Discard seeds. Measure juice and pulp. Add water to make 5 cups. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 2/3 cup juice from pulp, making thin paste. Pour remaining juice and pulp into saucepan; boil, stirring occasionally. Stir in sugar, salt, and cornstarch paste. Stir vigorously to keep pudding smooth, cook until thickened. Cool in covered pan 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with almonds. Pour whipping cream into a small pitcher. Serve pudding warm or cold, with cream.

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