Last night, on the eve of Christmas eve, we hosted a Christmas party for our friends, new and old. It was an evening filled with laughter and food - lots of food! I think we made enough cookies to feed an entire city block (especially in China, they're not too keen on sweets).
After everyone arrived, we gathered around for a gift exchange game that the Hubby played growing up. It is all sorts of craziness. Dice are passed around (we played with three sets), and every time someone rolls doubles, they get a gift and they get to roll again. After all the gifts in the middle are opened, we went around the circle to share so everyone could see the goods obtained, and then the Hubby set the timer for 15 minutes during which you could steal someone else's gifts every time you rolled doubles. It got a little physical. :-) At the end of the 15 minutes, some people had 5 or 6 gifts, some had none. Everyone without a gift stole from anyone with 2 or more gifts. The best part? There's no limit to the amount of times a gift can be stolen! Oh yeah, it got real.
There had to be a disclaimer that the baby was NOT part of the gift exchange.
|"What? A whoopee cushion? I want that..."|
After the game, we read the Christmas story combining the gospels of Luke and Matthew along with Old Testament prophecy proclaiming the coming of the Messiah.
And then our friend got out a guitar and led us in some pretty awesome Christmas carols (if I do say so myself). It was amazing. Since we do live in China, we also sang Silent Night in Chinese. There is something special about worshipping God and celebrating Christ's birth in two languages.
It felt like a true celebration of Christmas. This time of year is hard for us to be away from all our family and friends back home, but we are thankful for the relationships and new traditions we get to make on this side of the ocean.
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior! It is such a meaningful time of year. May the Lord bless you and may the Light of the season shine in your hearts, your homes and bring you joy throughout the year to come!