We find ourselves in a strange place for Christmas this year. Even stranger than last year spending Christmas in a motel!
In Bujumbura there is no decorating for Christmas in public places. The only Christmas lights we have seen are the ones we brought with us from home. Christmas trees, the real ones, are nonexistent . There are a few cheap artificial trees we have seen that are about 3 feet high.
So far, we have not seen any Christmas wrapping paper available for purchase. We are going to have to get creative in order to wrap some little gifts for the missionaries!
Here is our Christmas tree. We made it out of lights we brought with us, and we duct taped it to the wall. Pretty dang festive, right? Nothing says Christmas like duct tape!
This is our only other decoration, a nativity scene made of leaves(?).
Today we are having a Christmas party with the 5 Branch presidents and their wives, and we are having it at Gian Franco's restaurant. (home)
On Christmas Day we will be hosting 12 full time missionaries, the Van's, a guard and my sister Kim's "adopted" son from Rwanda, Emmie. This is our Christmas tree with our present from home underneath the tree.
We want to wish all of our family and all of our friends the merriest of Christmas's! We miss you all and look forward to spending next Christmas together! Give each other hugs and kisses from us.