our Christmas in pictures....
On Christmas Eve our house soon became visiting central (we thought we might get a break after the party but actually I think people knew it was our siku kuu and what do you do on special holidays? VISIT!). But amidst the chaos we made lots of cookies, ice cream, a pinata (pics to come), and sat with those who stopped by to chat. One girlfriend even came over and asked me to join her at a wedding later in the day (I politely turned down the invitation :) explaining that we would celebrate at home for Krismasi.
cookie making in what can only be described as "the oven" of our kitchen. But worth every drip of sweat!
On Christmas morning we left the house at 6:40 am to attend a local church with the family that lives with us. The small, unfinished building was dark, dusty, and incredibly hot but it was awesome to be among those here following Him and celebrating His birth. The walls were decorated with bright kangas and handmade fabric flags adorned the ceiling and everyone was decked out in their best attire. Even though the number of people celebrating Christmas is very small here we felt part of the "church" worldwide. Pretty amazing.
everyone in their Krismasi best
After getting home we decided we need to escape our house and get some family time so we headed out and drove around for a bit blaring Christmas music, singing, and enjoying the AC in our car. Now that I type that it sounds really lame but for us seriously it was a blast. Then we headed to a hotel to swim and have lunch. Swimming on Christmas is fast becoming a tradition and we embrace it completely.
this is how I felt about eating out too!
We also got to Skype with family and open a few gifts (we are still awaiting some packages too...yeah!). There were some tears (mostly from me).... We love you all and miss you so.
We locked ourselves in the only room with AC, pumped it until we were adequately chilled, ate home made ice cream and cookies, and watched Christmas movies.
And we read the story of Christmas: of the miracles, of the danger, of the fulfillment, of the rejoicing, of the worhsip, and of the joy. And then we opened the bag to reveal baby Jesus. Great Krismasi.
a glimpse of church here.....