After much preparation we have arrived at Christmas. Today we woke up and opened presents with M’s parents on Skype and my parents actually here visiting in Japan. It was fun to watch Tobin excited about all the new clothes he received. In the end he did have some fun toys from the grandparents/great grandparents too.
After presents we went to Church for worship. We enjoyed having Christmas on Sunday and the opportunity for regular worship. After church there was a Christmas luncheon. Ham sandwiches and pumpkin soup were served. After lunch there were various musical presentations and of course desserts. I volunteered for desserts and brought various American style desserts. I’m not sure how they were received, but most people seemed interested to at least try them.
After church we headed home and started cooking a traditional Christmas dinner. We invited some friends from language school who are partnered with other mission agencies in Japan. The cooking was challenging, but through some innovations and various substitutions we were able to create a feast. It was nice to have a taste of home and a wonderful evening of fellowship.
This was a special day for our family and a wonderful celebration. We are thankful for the Lord humbling himself and coming to earth so that we might once again have the opportunity to be in relationship with our Heavenly Father. We pray many here come to know this good news!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!