John is getting ready for Christmas Eve with some fun movies on our couch made from two bed mattresses, a great meal, and
enjoying some homemade ginger juice, which was a very nice Christmas gift from our neighbor! (It tasted much better than our first attempt at making this traditional drink). We are hoping to perfect it by the time we return to America and share the grown-up version of Kool-Aid. It is very good!
Notice our little tree and other decorations (Thanks Mom and Dad). It is about 75 and balmy today.
Our first African Christmas. No Santa, no tree or presents under the tree. The celebration is centered on Christ’s birth and family dinner. Our neighborhood is nearly deserted since most teachers have returned to their home villages.
We have been enjoying the day with all our little chicken friends. They follow us all over the yard, wait at our door for us to come out and even venture into our kitchen when we leave the doors open! They are pretty fascinating and entertaining to watch and “play” with. The large roosters here are very majestic and quite intriguing; we hope to send some more cool pictures of them when we have a chance.
Our yummy Christmas Dinner was home-made meatballs in tomato sauce and Velveeta cheese; pumpkin fritters for dessert and Ginger Drink! Then we watched The Heathers (1989) and were sorely reminded why we didn’t watch it when it first came out, followed by a movie called 1, 2, 3, 4 (2010) – another bad choice I’m betting didn’t even make it to the theater.
Oh well. It was a relaxing low-key Christmas Eve for the first time in 45 years.
If you have pictures of you and your family on Christmas day please send a few. We love seeing those pictures on our screen saver and it allows us to feel a little closer to home. BUT…. Please send them in small sizes, no bigger than 100k or so. Each one can take 30 minutes to down load for us! We Love and Miss all of you.
We wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever fun event you are celebrating, and an Awesome New Year. Know we are lifting our ginger juice filled glasses and toasting each one of you!