Merry Christmas from Timor-Leste!
While our Christmas day ended up a bit quiet and home bound due to sickies in the family, the Christmas season has been great for our family.
Let me give you a glimpse into Christmas in Timor for us this year….
Our Christmas Tree
Kim loves Christmas! She loves decorations and her nativity scene, not just for the beauty aspect, but more for the memories that various items hold. Tree decorations from all over the world and special friends foster nice memories of Christmases past and friendships. Currently our decorations are in crates, hopefully on their way to Timor, so although we decorated a tree this year, the decorations were new, store bought with no connections. So we hunted around until we found Timorese style decorations, to commemorate our first Christmas in our new home.
Sam’s crafty Christmas
Each Christmas Sam and Kim get crafty! This year we made paper chains, coloured a nativity scene and made some decorations for the tree. Sam badly wanted a Christmas wreath on his bedroom door, the one on the front door just wasn’t enough for him. So he decorated one of his own. We also decided to make some bon bon crackers for the dinner table, filled with a little present, bad jokes and a lolly or two.
Our family traditions
Christmas is all about family traditions. For Kim growing up, Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve is the thing to watch. We weren’t able to watch it Timor-Leste, however, we could listen to it broadcast on internet radio, so we enjoyed carols, candles and cards to bring in Christmas Day.
We also brought our Christmas stockings with us and enjoyed following a loose advent season by reading parts of the Christmas story each night of December. Sam loved his “activity” calendar and eagerly put a piece of the nativity scene up each night.
Dili decorates for Christmas
Dili really joins in with the celebrating of Christmas. As you drive around town, on many street corners you will find nativity scenes set up. Our plan was to go for a drive and see them all on Christmas Eve, but sickness overruled! Thankfully we had seen some in the days leading up to Christmas.
On Christmas Day we celebrated with gifts and lunch with some of our MAF colleagues. Kim had found a roast lamb in the supermarket a few weeks ago, so we celebrated with a lamb roast and Swiss Christmas cookies…yum!