While many of you were finishing your Black Friday shopping, I was waiting in line with friends for the annual Christmas sale at our one and only store in Ukarumpa. I showed up over an hour early, sipped coffee and chatted with friends until the doors opened at 9am Saturday. They had items in the store from other parts of PNG, Australia and I think even the U.S. Makenna decided she would like to draw names as a family for presents this year and we were all able to get our Christmas shopping done although I don’t know how secret it was with us all in the store together!
After the store sale, I went home and baked apple pie, pineapple casserole and a chicken for our second Thanksgiving celebration with POC friends. Christmas music was playing and it felt festive, despite the 85 degree temp outside.
We also decorated for Christmas this week. We were able to buy a little table-top tree from someone here and bought some very colorful blinking lights from the store sale. Our tree looks very different than prior years, but we’re all about starting new traditions for Christmas this year! I went with a friend’s idea of using a lap lap (also used as a woman’s skirt in PNG) for a tree skirt. I’m glad we shipped a few other decorations as well. Makenna felt that we needed even more so she made paper ornaments paper. They say, “glory to our God”, “It’s Christmas”, and “Happy Christmas Everyone”. She also made a banner with a friend for her door that says, “Jesus Was Born, Are You Ready?” I love that girl!
The kids were excited to see our Loquat tree full with ripe fruit. A friend climbed up the tree to shake them down while the kids picked them up. You peel the soft skin off and eat it, and the texture is similar to a pear.
Much of the week was occupied with keeping an eye on these cuties! The kids have named them Fluffy, Stripes, Ash and Lightening (Mom Lily’s former name).