“And Ma in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down for a long winter’s nap”.
How ironic that Clement Clark Moore should know what we are experiencing here in the Republic of Georgia! A few nights ago while nestling under our covers to get warm we both happened to realize that our heads were cold. And this wonderful line from the famous poem came to mind. Now we can say that we understand why people covered their heads at bedtime. And ’tis indeed a few nights before Christmas!
With this post are special pictures of some of our favorite Christmas memories….many of them from our tour of European Christmas Markets in 2010. Like all of you we have so many wonderful memories of past Christmases…. our decorated homes & trees, singing carols with friends through the neighborhood, special visits from friends and family, the little ones’ bright eyes as they open their packages and special homemade delights to enjoy!
Christmas here in the Republic of Georgia will certainly be different. They don’t celebrate on December 25 as their religious heritage is Georgian Orthodox. Their celebration is on January 7th and does not include the giving of gifts. We will have new experiences to share as we try our best to incorporate all these special days which will also include New Years Day. We are told that this is the biggest celebration of all in Georgia with fireworks galore and small gifts being shared. We are looking forward to all of this.
We will certainly miss being with our family. David and Tasha will spend the days visiting with Tasha’s family and also with Stephen, Dana and the boys who will be in Colorado. Our very special treat is a 2 week trip to Costa Rica to visit with Stephen, Dana, Kylan and Auden. And it will be warm…..maybe even hot!
We want to send our very warmest wishes to all of you our dear, faithful family and friends. May your celebration of the birth of Jesus bring hope and joy anew into your lives. And may the New Year hold blessings large and small for all those you love. May it proclaim peace for our world and in our hearts.
გილოცავთ შობა –ახალ წელს!
Merry Christmas — Happy New Year