Posted by Jeri on December 28, 2010
When I think of Christmas, I usually imagine being with family, seeing beautiful lights, wearing warm socks, hearing holiday music, and feeling sparkling snow. I still think of those things, but don’t get to experience them all.
The shops here decorate with tinsel and trees, lights, and even Father Christmas himself. (Did you know that Santa Claus is actually Papua New Guinean, by the way? I saw him with my own two eyes dancing around at the Pharmacy the other day!) There is music in the air (though it’s usually blaring way too loudly), and best of all, I have my own little family here. But the snow is replaced with sweaty trips to town wearing flip-flops to return with fresh, juicy pineapples. I really love white Christmases, but it might be hard for me to give up these fresh pineapples and trips to the beach in a couple of years when we’re celebrating Stateside!
We put up our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving and have been enjoying it ever since. It’s only been (almost) knocked over 3 times – at least to my knowledge. Hannah and I always make sure there is Christmas music playing when we are doing work around the house. I think she takes after her mother when it comes to having the Christmas spirit. Someone’s gotta’ do it!
It’s just such a special time of year. I’m enjoying it with the kids, especially now that they’re getting a bit older. I can see the excitement in their eyes. It’s so magical to them.
One of my favorite memories from this holiday season was when I took Hannah Christmas shopping. She’d been saving up her toeas (PNG coins) from her household job so she could buy some gifts. It was a blessing to see her excitement about buying gifts for her family and friends. She could hardly wait for Caleb to open his gift from her.
I also really enjoyed our Christmas cookie baking day, though it left the house a big mess. The kids loved helping. Elizabeth had a ball clearing out my kitchen cabinets and licking the beaters. Hannah and Caleb were actually quite helpful when it came to making the cookies.
We’ve been blessed with packages and Christmas greetings from afar. We always feel a bit spoiled by our families this time of year. One of the gifts we received was a kit for making a gingerbread house. (Thanks, Philip & Andrea!!) We had a blast making it together. After enjoying it as a decoration for a few days, it started to melt. (I suppose it could last a couple of weeks somewhere other than the tropics!) So we cut it apart and shared it with our 60+ guests we hosted for our church Christmas party on Sunday.
We took a one night getaway to our favorite local guesthouse. It’s a beautiful, secluded place near a beach. We loved the time away – despite all of the insect bites. Those mosquitoes just love Hannah and me.
It was fun watching our kids open their gifts. Caleb looks great as a pirate, Elizabeth is already attached to her new baby doll, and Hannah has been playing games on her Leapster2. We had fun blowing bubbles outside on Christmas Day, going for a family walk, playing games, and just relaxing. It was quite cloudy and a bit rainy, so I guess you could say we had a white Christmas if you took the cloudy sky into consideration.
Craig and I were meant for each other. We bought each other the exact same stocking stuffer – Cinnamon & Apple tea.
For supper, we spoiled ourselves with our annual ham. It was delicious. I’m not convinced that it’s because of my cooking. Rather, things just taste really good when you haven’t had them for a while. We also enjoyed baked pumpkin, fresh pineapple, honey wheat rolls, and mashed potatoes. (Please excuse our casual attire. It’s hot here!)
Hope your Christmas was as merry as ours. Happy New Year to you and yours.