This year there were no crowded stores or Christmas sales. There wasn't Christmas music playing for the past month or bell ringers.
(Ukrainians Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January and more hype is placed on New Years...so the New Year's Trees and Decorations are just starting to pop up throughout the city)
I made a few cards and gave a few gifts. I feel very content with that. It didn't feel like Christmas in the ways I was use to--but I enjoyed my celebrations very much! Take a peak at how I celebrated Christmas 2009!
I got a phone call from my family at 3 a.m. on Christmas morning. It was wonderful to talk to them. Once my internet turned on... I got to see them, too! (Thanks Skype!)
I woke up to help Dave & Barb prepare for our Christmas Breakfast for the students.
(Dave and Barb's clothes rack transformed into a beautiful Christmas tree!)
Here is a low quality video of our gathering!
It was a beige Christmas. Odessa got a significant amount of snow already this year.
Warmer conditions has turned the city into an extension of the sea.
(sloppy brown snow, ice, water--yuck!)
Traveling by canoe from the seminary to Leah's apartment would have been fine by me. (jk)
Our team got together (and the Canada's--SEND Missionaries in Kiev)
We made pizza. Exchanged gifts. Played a few games.
It was a wonderful Christmas!
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:9-11).