Christmas in Kenya: Top 7 (because 10 would make this post too long!)

Posted on December 30, 2012

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#7:

At first I think we were both pretty discouraged by the 80 degree weather that made it difficult to feel like Christmas, but really we do love the sunny days with the occasional refreshing downpour. It’s hard to complain when there are birds singing outside your widows and a gentle breeze is blowing through the house

Cia with Santa

#6:

Valencia got her picture taken with Santa. And yes, he is African, though the beard was a bit wanting in authenticity.

#5:

We took a Kenyan family to the Nairobi Game Park for a Safari drive as a family Christmas present. Even though the entrance fees are really cheap for Kenyan citizens, most people don’t have a car to drive through to see the animals and hiring one is too expensive. So even though the Game Park is only 15 minutes outside the city, many poor Kenyans have never been. It was so fun to see the kids get excited to see famous African animals for the first time! It was such a blessing to be able to offer this experience to them, we may make it a tradition to take a Kenyan family to the game park every year.

We stopped for a delightful picnic lunch, though on constant alert for baboons which will gladly attack you to get your food

We stopped for a delightful picnic lunch, though on constant alert for baboons which will gladly attack you to get your food

Twiga (giraffe) with Nairobi skyline

Twiga (giraffe) with Nairobi skyline

#4:

Yummy Christmas treats! To celebrate we made Claire’s mom’s famous peanut butter balls, as well as some pumpkin cookies and lots of gingerbread biscotti. Christmas Eve we also had fresh baked bread and Red Pottage (affectionately referred to as Christmas Soup). Christmas morning we enjoyed cinnamon rolls, frittata and fresh fruit.

Peanut Butter Balls and Red Pottage Soup

Peanut Butter Balls and Red Pottage Soup

#3:

Friends become family Some of our dearest friends Dan and Heather Milligan (from our Spokane days) now live in Uganda and they came to Nairobi to spend Christmas with us! It has been so wonderful to have them here as they are like family to us. We have also made many new friends since being here. Claire was able to attend a Christmas Party for the ladies at our church, and on Christmas Day we went to a neighbors house for Christmas dinner of BBQ shish kabobs.

Heather Milligan with Valencia, Dan Milligan, Clarissa and John

Heather Milligan with Valencia, Dan Milligan, Clarissa and John

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Kenyan style Christmas stockings. On Christmas Eve day we realized we had no stockings, and since we had all bought some little stocking stuffer gifts for each other, we had to come up with a quick solution. I had been looking for stocking in the store here and even though you can buy some Christmas decorations, there were definitely no stockings. So I bought some Kenyan fabric around the corner and then had Elizabeth who has a small sewing shack on the side of the road outside our house sew five simple stockings for us.

#1

Whether with our family in the US, or here in Kenya, Christmas is still Christmas. It is still a time in which we have chosen to reflect on and celebrate the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago. An opportunity to again remember that God has come near.

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And just for fun (and so that when we look back in 10 years we have a few anchors for our memory) here are a few more pics:

Someone fell asleep sprawled out in the grass on Christmas day. Onsies reads: "All Mommy wants is a Silent Night." Compliments of great Grandma Edith

Someone fell asleep sprawled out in the grass on Christmas day. Onsie reads: “All Mommy wants is a Silent Night.” Compliments of great Grandma Edith

Heather and Claire went to the elephant orphanage, always a favorite for Claire

Heather and Claire went to the elephant orphanage, always a favorite for Claire

Heather Milligan and Clarissa

Heather Milligan and Clarissa

The guys loved getting snickers in their stockings

The guys loved getting snickers in their stockings

New friend, Heidi Thulin on Christmas Eve

New friend, Heidi Thulin, on Christmas Eve

Valencia is quite popular with young children. This fan, Emma, is the daughter of the Anderson family who is here for a few months checking out AIM Air

Valencia is quite popular with young children. This fan, Emma, is the daughter of the Anderson family who is here for a few months checking out AIM Air

What else should be done in celebration of Christmas? Why, going out for sushi, of course!

What else should be done in celebration of Christmas? Why, going out for sushi, of course!

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