Not-Quite-Currier & Ives Christmas

I thought I’d share our Christmas week with you in photos. It won’t quite equal Currier & Ives, but I thought it would be fun!

Last Saturday I delivered my homemade cookies and caramel corn to neighbors with Christmas cards.

Last Saturday I delivered my homemade cookies and caramel corn to neighbors with Christmas cards.

Sunday our church (Elim Baptist) hosted two other small Baptist churches from neighboring villages to worship with us for a special Christmas service followed by a baptismal service at a nearby river. (The young men dug it out on Saturday to make it deep enough.)

Here is our first handbell choir, thanks to a gift by my grandma's pastor in MI. Everyone "chimed in" for "Joy to the World." :)

Here is our first handbell choir, thanks to a gift by my grandma’s pastor in MI. Everyone “chimed in” for “Joy to the World.” 🙂

Mrs. Nyalungu is being baptized with her husband having gone before her (to the left with towel). They represent our first saved and baptized married couple since 2010, when a beloved church member died.

Mrs. Nyalungu is being baptized, with her husband having gone before her (to the left with towel). They represent our first saved and baptized married couple since 2010, when a beloved church member died.

All the adults and college students headed over to our house afterwards for a packed Christmas dinner party.

Our favorite college students, Tiyani and Twani. (L-R)

Our favorite college students, Tiyani and Twani. (L-R)

Mrs. Nyalungu and Junior

Mrs. Nyalungu and Junior

Megy (L) is from our teammates' church; Mamayila (R) is from ours.

Megy (L) is from our teammates’ church; Mamayila (R) is from ours.

Lady on left is not yet a church member. Murun'wa (R) is a widow to the man who died in 2010. She is still faithful.

Lady on left is not yet a church member. Murun’wa (R) is a widow to the man who died in 2010. She is still faithful.

Two young men from other villages and churches. We discipled them when they were teens, and now they're grown up!

Two young men from other villages and churches. We discipled them when they were teens, and now they’re grown up!

The deacon from our teammates' church started off our White Elephant gift exchange.

The deacon from our teammates’ church started off our White Elephant gift exchange.

Funniest moment--when man on the right opened a skirt I gave in the gift exchange.

Funniest moment–when man on the right opened a skirt I gave in the gift exchange.

Actually, the funniest moment was when our “kokwana” (grandma) opened her gift, a Bible of another church member, mistakenly placed in the pile of gifts. She simply could not understand the concept of the White Elephant game and would not give the Bible up, no matter how many people attempted to explain. She said it was her “luck.” We eventually had to tell the young man whose Bible it was (the man in a black shirt behind her) to sit down and let it go. We gave him a new Tsonga Bible afterwards.

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Our special "kokwana" --grandma.

Our special “kokwana” –grandma.

Monday Seth took the three oldest children with him to go get a birthday gift for Jesus: they delivered several parcels of food to some needy families in the area. It’s easy for us, with needy Africans being next door. That was fun.

Meanwhile I wrapped the kids’ presents from their relatives that we had shipped over. Then I began a day of baking for our family! (Here’s a new recipe I tried this year: Dipped Cherry Cookies.) In the evening we hosted our teammates for our weekly team dinner.

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Our Christmas dessert this year was a pretty and delicious cake! So good!

Cherry Cookies

Tuesday we had more of a relaxed morning.

Flying kites.

Flying kites.

Daddy introducing Caleb and Colin to the joys of "Calvin and Hobbes."

Daddy introducing Caleb and Colin to the joys of “Calvin and Hobbes.”

Our teammates surprised us in the afternoon with a visit, and we had such a great time playing games and sharing another dinner together. They left at 9:30, but we could have kept going–it was so fun!

Caleb is such a sweetie. For Christmas, he paid to get a Snickers bar for his brother and sister (his own idea!)

Wrapping and signing the Snickers gift himself.

Wrapping and signing the Snickers gift himself.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Reading the Christmas story.

Reading the Christmas story.

Gift from Grandma

Gift from Grandma

Gift from aunt

Gift from aunt

Art set gift from another aunt

Art set gift from another aunt

A cardboard house we made for the kids.

A cardboard house we made for the kids.

I was so irritated with Callie for crying over her awesome Minnie Mouse outfit her aunt gave her. I thought the light-up shoes would be a total winner!

I was so irritated with Callie for crying over her awesome Minnie Mouse outfit her aunt gave her. I thought the light-up shoes would be a total winner!

Christmas dinner--ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, and orange rolls.

Christmas dinner–ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, and orange rolls.

Water fight in the afternoon! It was hot!

Water fight in the afternoon! It was hot!

Callie stayed on the edge of the battle.

Callie stayed on the edge of the battle.

Carson hated the water fight!

Carson hated the water fight!

Painting with their art set from their aunt.

Painting with their art set from their aunt.

The rest of the week was fairly normal. Yesterday we delivered my neighbor to the hospital to deliver her baby. Today we hosted youth group in our garage since the local high school is closed during the break.

The neighbor kids came over to show off their new clothes for Christmas.

The neighbor kids came over to show off their new clothes for Christmas.

I hope you had a restful Christmas that honored CHRIST! We thought of you and missed you.

About Amy

I'm Amy, a missionary wife and mother of four children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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One Response to Not-Quite-Currier & Ives Christmas

  1. Tammy Doiel says:

    Love seeing the pictures! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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