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Tratry Krismasy – Merry Christmas!

Christmas in Madagascar?  With half the population of 22 million being followers of Christ, it’s fair to say the celebration of Christmas is seen and felt here.

It's green season here with beautiful planted rice

It’s green season here with beautiful planted rice

A family harvesting rice before the holidays

A family harvesting rice before the holidays

 

 

In some ways there are similarities to the States, but in many ways the holiday has a different feel.  While many of you just celebrated the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year, Tanya and I grilled out and basked in the longest day of summer.   So no snow here, it’s green season with the rice that is well on it’s way to being harvested.

No snow here, it's rainy season!

No snow here, it’s rainy season!

 

 

 

And we won’t be celebrating with  a classic white Christmas, though last year this time we had many hail storms.  It’s rainy season here!

 

 

We trade our holiday oranges in for Mangos over here

We trade our holiday oranges in for Mangos over here

 

It’s also not citrus season, so no oranges in the stocking this year.  Instead we are enjoying mangos, litchis, pineapple, plums, and other summer treats from God’s creation.

Traffic abounds here, too

Traffic abounds here, too

Buying gifts on the Tana streets

Buying gifts on the Tana streets

You can even buy your Christmas tree on the street

Christmas Trees for sale

Christmas tree 2013!

Christmas tree 2013!

 

 

 

 

We still have holiday traffic, unfortunately we don’t get to miss out on this part of Christmas.  But if need be, we can buy gifts right on the streets.  What do you need: new cell phone charger, Santa hat, tools, towels, scale, CDs/DVDs, cashews, umbrella, mp3 player, perfume..and that’s just the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

You can even buy your Christmas tree on the street

 

Had a visit from Betty, Tanya's mom.

Had a visit from Betty, Tanya’s mom.

Family and the Holidays

Family and the Holidays

A nice walk in the rice fields around our house

A nice walk in the rice fields around our house

 

 

 

 

 

Though we opted not and kept it simple; real simple with window paint!

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And of the greatest piece to the Christmas season, family.  The Malagasy put family in the center of their holiday time together, and all will worship on Christmas morning to remember that Jesus is Born!

We were blessed to have Tanya’s mom come for a visit.  Though we weren’t gathered around a fire, drinking hot coco, but instead at the beach, it was perfect to be with family around Christmas.  We give God thanks for all our family around the globe.  May the peace of Christ’s birth surround you all.  Enjoy the blessing of family and friends.  Hug your pets and breath in the Holy Joy of God’s grace.

-Austin 

P.S. For all you snowy winter folks – throw a snow ball for me and maybe make a snow angel!

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4 thoughts on “Tratry Krismasy – Merry Christmas!

  1. Liz Propst on said:

    Austin and Tanya….best blog post ever. Really gave me a touch of your Christmas!! Keaton has offered to build me an elevator at their house so I can get upstairs tomorrow for Christmas AND he said he would build me a cast! So I’m in good shape!!

  2. Thanks, mom. It was a fun blog to gather pictures for, and put together. Enjoy those grandkids!

  3. Beth Kearney on said:

    It’s always fun to hear about your life and times. We celebrated Christmas at Lutheridge and are headed back to work next week. Thanks for keeping the blog active, and have a great new year.

  4. oooo I wish I could mail you some snow!
    We have TONS of it and the cold to go with is.

    I love reading your posts. Wonderful!
    miss you tons!!!

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