We have been SO surprised to see Christmas decorations everywhere since about the middle of October! (You would think we were back home!) In Ethiopia, Christmas is in January and it is not commercialized at all. The few decorations we saw only appeared right before their Christmas. This week, we finally gave in and bought a little tree and some decorations for our flat. (I have NEVER decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving! : / But there is NO Thanksgiving here or even anything "Fall" or Halloween.... so we just decided to move on to the Christmas season!) Ü
This little wreath was on an end cap at our
grocery store the other day! I was just telling
Bob.... "I wish we had a little wreath."
We found the angels at a little shop in Ngwenya by the glass factory
and and the beaded trees in a shop by the Swazi Candle Factory
in Malkerns. The little beaded rhino on the left next to the angel
has with it a little bag of frankincense and myrrh from Saudi
Arabia. Sister Wagner in the mission office sent it
to us with Sister Leavitt when she came for
our last Zone Conference
We found this unique hand carved and painted
nativity in a little shop.
I also liked this cute handmade nativity and
JOY carved out of rock and the tiny handmade
My favorite word at Christmas time is JOY.
I always LOVE it when this Khombi (taxi) is
in front of us and it reminds me to be "JOYFUL"!!
We had to chuckle when we saw Santa sitting in the
middle of a round about in the parking lot of our mini
"mall", The Gables, in Ezulwini! (He is fake of course.)
Inside the mall there are really PRETTY Christmas
trees already! I think they decorate as early here as
they do in the U.S.!!
As we were admiring the poinsettia tree, we heard baby birds
and looked up above the MTN store. There was a
mother bird with a nest full of baby birds and she was
feeding them...INSIDE the mall!