Yes, it is the season of concerts and Christmas parties etc… The elementary school had a Christmas concert. We are now at the point where we only have one child in elementary school, Brynne! The middle school and high school had their Christmas band concert. So fun to see Aidan play the trumpet and Marc the guitar.
On December 4th we had our annual MAF Christmas party. It is organized by our national employees. They cleared out the hangar and decorated it nicely. It was a nice evening, not going long as so many of the events usually do. Our regional director and his wife, with the help of their daughter and neice, told the Christmas story using a traditional felt board. The kids also sang two songs and put candles around the tree. At the end we all enjoyed a meal together.
On December 5th we celebrated Sinterklaas with most of the Dutchies that live in town and even some from out of town. We enjoyed some homemade Dutch goodies, including poffertjes made by Hugo, and we did a fun dice game with gifts. It was unbearably hot so we didn’t make anyone dress up as Sinterklaas and Swaarte Piet.
On the following Sunday we were invited to a Christmas service for people from the Halmahera region of Indonesia. This group meets monthly and takes turns hosting. This month was the turn of a family in our church and it was their Christmas service so they invited us to join in. Hugo was asked to light one of the candles during the service. An honour. Then of course we enjoyed the yummy food afterwards.