We still don’t know why Indians call their Christmas festivals “Semi Christmas,” but we sure love the celebration: lights, color, extra special food and, because of the support of so many of you, gifts for children who have never before received any wrapped gifts with their name on it.
When we decided to stay in India for Christmas this year, we did not know just what a good decision that would be. Our Christmas this year was, in some ways, more focused and meaningful than it ever could be at home. Spending our main Christmas fete with 400 children was not exactly a Silent Night, but something about it was indeed holy.
However many presents you may have wrapped this year, it didn’t compare to Paige. December was spent wrapping over 600 (!!!) gifts for children, home parents and biological children of the pastors. See them in their new clothes in many of these pictures.
We do not plan on too many Christmases away from home in our future, but Christmas 2012 will always be remembered for the non-commercial, giving-focused celebration with un-entitled children all around as well as the unique atmosphere of an Indian festival-like party.
A few images above and below begin to capture it all.
Merry Christmas, partners and friends, and a joyful 2013 to you from us.