As per the last number of years, the Christmas Eve service was held in our home. Our humble little “church” building does not have running water, a functioning toilet, a generator (should the power go out as it did last year) but it does have a roof full of holes (it also poured last year). So we had over 40 people in our home. After the service they lit candles at the front with a person representing each group in the church, men, women, children, consistory… After the service we ate a meal together. Usually we’ve barbequed some kind of chicken but this year I made a turkey, with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Everyone really enjoyed it although the stuffing mystified them… I understand, growing up in a heavily Dutch influenced home, I was not introduced to stuffing until an adult. There was also fish, rendang (spicy beef), chicken soup, rice, noodles and krupuk. Yum! After that gifts were handed out to all the children 12 and under, the two widows of the congregation and the pastor’s family.