Merry Christmas from Macha

Christmas in Macha looks pretty different than it does in Canada. To be honest, I keep forgetting that Christmas is coming. If it wasn’t for everyone’s photos on Facebook as a reminder it might have just passed me by altogether.

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A few weeks ago we borrowed the MICS Christmas tree and put it up in our home which the boys had fun decorating. We also brought our stockings and have hung them in the window. Some of you might remember from the story of our Zambino, that stockings have been an emotional thing for me the past few years. This year, I am thrilled that I get to use another one. Although his name isn’t on it yet, Nathaniel has by far been the best gift of the year.

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Almost 5 months old

The hardest part of Christmas here is definitely missing family. I am thankful for technology and the chance to Skype. My family celebrated a few days ago and I was able to watch as my parents opened a gift from all of us.

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A Lego nativity scene Joel created for the boys

The best part of Christmas here? The simplicity. There has been nothing stressful about Christmas. On Christmas day the boys will open a few gifts (that were bought over a year ago), likely play in the dirt for hours and then we’re having a barbecue since we’re scheduled to be without power for the afternoon and evening. It’ll be different but one we won’t forget.

Whatever your Christmas looks like, we hope it’s a great one. Merry Christmas from Zambia! 

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3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from Macha

  1. Julianne & JoelThanks for your email…and pictures. Yes it will be a different Christmas….but memorable for you and your boys. I pray that this season will be filled with His Joy & Peace. May 2016 be a year of fun filled blessings for you all.Love Pat& Roy

  2. Thanks for the pics, and the comments. Your life is a real adventure and we love hearing from you – what a lovely way to stay in touch with your church family. We are gearing up for family gatherings. We play the secret Santa game where we draw the one person we will give a small gift to. Rebecca always has the most fun with crafts and stuff. One gift is three helium balloons with a little cash, a rhyme and some confetti inside. Everybody always hopes to have Rebecca as the secret Santa because you never know what she will do next. Any ways, we just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas as well and a wonderful New Year. Love you all! – Godfrey & Rebecca

  3. Wishing you and your (very cute boys!!) a very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful new year. From our family to yours. Love from all the Penman family

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