Christmas is a time of year where one feels farthest from family and friends who are back in the motherland. Having good friends with which to share these holidays sure takes the edge off the sadness. We enjoyed Christmas dinner with our friends the Holstens and the Allrich’s and one of the teachers, Ms. Claussen. We had exchanged names prior to the day and purchased funny little gifts which we then wrapped crazily and attached poems to. It was so much fun to see all the gifts and listen to the silly poems.
The tradition here is to open your home on Christmas day and receive visitors. Typically people prepare lots of different kinds of cookies/cake and rice, meat and veggies along with lots of drinks. We went to six different homes of MAF employees some of whom also attend our church. It was a fun thing to do although we had to pace ourselves as we ate something at each home.