Three wise men, two roast chickens and a Christmas Pudding
Many thanks for all the good wishes, parcels and cards that we have received over the advent season. We have really enjoyed hearing from you all! Christmas has turned out to be a very festive time in Kathmandu with various Christmas carol services and events being held.
One of the highlights for us was meeting up with 3 other families (one from Scotland, England and Canada) for breakfast on each Sunday of Advent. We shared a lovely time together with a special thought about Christmas and the coming of Christ. When we are so far from our families at this time it has been a blessing to connect with our friends and Church family in this way.
Three wise men – no sorry just breakfast at our house.
Jean and Valerie – they were good friends when they came to Nepal in 1998 and taught together at KISC.
Now their daughters are becoming good friends too!
There was a great Christmas celebration held at UMN for all the staff and their families. The events began with a puppet show telling the Christmas story. It was followed by a young Tamang lady performing a special dance expressing the freedom from sin she had experienced having accepted Christ as Saviour. The kids all received a lovely Christmas gift too (no Santa in sight!).
Our language teacher was bringing his 10 year old son, who was so excited about the programme. His dad said it was so different for his family to hear the Christmas message every year and they loved it! Many of the Nepali staff are not Christians, so it is a great way of sharing the message of Christmas with them and their wider families.
It finished with singing carols in Nepali by candellght!
Christmas Eve was spent climbing one of the hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley, from which we had an amazing view of the Langtang Himals and further east also caught a view of Mount Everest. It is cold now in Kathmandu, but in the middle of the day the sun is still strong and we found ourselves sweating up the hill in 17 or 18 degrees.
Christmas Day began with the usual present giving and then Church. We cooked two chickens, roast potatoes, veg and gravy and it tasted great! Our friends made the crackers with newspaper hats and handwritten jokes. They brought a Christmas pudding which someone had sent them and we enjoyed sitting around, feeling full and sleepy!
The kids have 3 weeks off for their Christmas holidays but Peter starts into his job at UMN this week. Valerie will begin teaching on the 15th January.
We hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas, celebrating the coming of Christ with your friends and family too. We missed you all but hope you stay in touch in the year to come!