After spending so many years in Bolivia and celebrating Christmas in a semi-tropical climate, you would think that we would have adapted to Christmas without snow. But I’m not sure we ever will and now we are in the tropics where many families drive to the beaches to spend Christmas with their families. We are learning about new traditions again.
Hannah, our youngest daughter was able to come and be with us, as well as two friends from Holland who we have known since we first arrived in Bolivia. One day we all made three batches ofChristmas cookies, took them to the church office and all shared a special service together of singing and lighting the advent wreath.
On Christmas Eve we celebrated with one of our Dominican pastors and his wife and three children, our two friends from Holland, a new missionary couple, and our daughter Hannah by sharing a turkey dinner together. The Dominicans brought boiled pork to share which is their tradition. We sat in a circle that night and shared about special Christmas celebrations that we remember with our families. It was very fun to hear a mixture of Dutch, Dominican, North American, Bolivian, and Venezuelan Christmases.
The next day, Christmas Day we all went and spent it with a Bolivian couple who are here. We sang many, many Christmas songs, in English, Spanish and Dutch.
That night we walked to a park near us. It is appropriately called the Park of Lights because there were tens of thousands of lights strung: around every tree, every bush, every pole, and every special lawn ornament, unbelievable.
We were blessed to celebrate Christ’s birth with our brothers and sisters from around the world.
And now we are very excited for the New Year, 2016. I know there will be many opportunities to share God’s love with everyone around us.