Monday, December 25, 2017

A Kenyan Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve 2017
We unwrapped this year's Christmas pajamas after our Christmas Eve service at the International Christian Fellowship of Nairobi. This is our twelfth Christmas in Africa and as always it was filled with unexpected moments that we will long remember.

This was the first year that our church organized a community choir for Christmas Eve. Erica, Tristan, and Emma all sang in the choir. It was a wonderful evening of Carols and meditation on the Gospel readings of the nativity.

Our Advent candle burning low

Life in Kenya has its challenges. It is typical that out of electricity, water, and Internet that you rarely have all three at once. Power disappeared for us early on December 24th and it has made for an unusual Christmas. Without power, we haven't had hot water or a stove to cook our turkey. Even our backup battery system which runs Internet, security lights, and our refrigerator is almost out. This is the first Christmas that we have ever had Kraft macaroni and cheese (courtesy of Emma's stocking) for Christmas dinner.

But even without power, we have had a wonderful Christmas laughing and playing board games together. We are so thankful for the blessing of being with all three of our children. The lack of electricity did not hinder the fun of Christmas.

We wish you all a joyous Christmas!

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