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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Though we opted not and kept it simple; real simple with window paint!
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.
P.S. For all you snowy winter folks – throw a snow ball for me and maybe make a snow angel!