The Christmas Preparation Version
This week was the start of our preparations for Christmas. I always like to wait until after Thanksgiving, so that we can focus on thankfulness before moving on to the next holiday.
Being in a different country, our preparations are quite different from the holidays we spend in the US.
|We started the week with a online packing party for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.|
Until this year, I didn't know that you could fill a shoebox on-line.
We had some yummy snacks, played Christmas music, and chose items for the boxes.
|I picked up my Advent calendar and stocking from the tailor.|
He did a great job! I'm hoping he'll have time to do more stockings before Christmas.
|We found a store in town that has a few Christmas decorations and trees. Isabelle got a (mostly joking) proposal of marriage. I decided to take that as a joke, and not a very funny one!|
We quickly got down to the business of selecting a tree.
While we spent some time this week in preparations and advent readings, most of our week continued as normal. Stephen still has a packed house in the pediatric department. There are over 50 pediatric inpatients. 22 of those patients are premies who weigh less than four pounds
We're all looking forward to Christmas break from school, celebrating with our team, and spending some time together as a family. Before we get there, we still have a few weeks left of "normal life." School must go on, along with all those big and little tasks required to function here.
For some thoughts on Advent in Africa, visit Jake's blog.