So,what have we been doing to prepare for Christmas?
We do have our tree that has traveled the globe with us. I love decorating it as our ornaments are filled with reminders of friends who gifted them to us or happy memories of Christmas' past.
For many reasons, our other decorations are mostly home made. This year the children and I have had fun making paper chains, snowflakes and giant paper bag stars.
With no advent candles or readings at church here we usually follow some advent readings of our own, This year we have enjoyed using 'Jesse Tree' advent readings, with a symbol to add each day as a reminder of that days story.
The schools that the children attend have been busy collecting donations & gifts for less advantaged children in the community. They put on some great Christmas programmes too which have been a highlight for me as a mum! Amy & Josh performed 'Twas the night before Christmas' poem. Being an International school several songs were sung in multiple languages.
Abigail attends preschool at a Christian school and they put on a fabulous nativity....it was Abigails first school performance and she did really well. Her class sang " Happy Birthday Jesus" and reminded us what Christmas is all about.
This week we are busy with Christmas baking. Gingerbread yesterday and mince pies today!
We shall have a traditional English roast and open family gifts on Christmas eve this year.
Christmas Day will be spent at our little church making Christmas special for the 60+ children in the community. After service we will have cake, koolaid and games. We will share in lunch (Jolof Rice, fried chicken and coleslaw) and then we will watch a Nativity Movie.
Whatever, your Christmas holds we pray you will have time to pause and reflect on the reason we celebrate, May you marvel anew at the details of the events as you celebrate Jesus, God's greatest gift.
“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today, in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10