Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Tanzania! We had a really lovely holiday as we reflected on our Savior’s birth over 2,000 years ago. Needless to say, it was a different celebration than the one we had in America last year, but still good. On Christmas Eve, we went over to the Wolfs’ house for food and fellowship, and enjoyed celebrating Hayden’s first Christmas with them. When we got home, we let the kids each open one gift, and they loved that! Then we got up early this morning to finish opening the rest. Hannah’s favorite gift was a doll from her grandparents, and Caleb’s favorite gift was a Spider-man back pack. We hurried over to church for a special service. The children’s choir sang the Swahili version of Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and after the service, there was a delicious meal of rice and beans, which all 120 of us enjoyed thoroughly. When we got home this afternoon, we relaxed and played with our gifts, and talked to family on Skype. Tomorrow we are going to Babati for 2 days for a Christmas party with 3 other missionary families, and also Steve will be going hunting for the first and last time this season. He is really hoping to come home with a warthog–that would make a great New Year’s Dinner!

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