I am sending you Merry Christmas wishes and praying you are having a good time so far for the holidays. I myself am visiting with my family and will shortly begin to prepare our traditional breakfast waffles before putting in the bird for the dinner later in the day. We are not extravagant in our meal as we once were when my mother was well and able to prepare food. She was well known for hosting large dinners annually for the relatives. It was a bit of an open house at our home every year as children growing up. We always had many drop in guests on Thanksgiving Day, Easter, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Those days may be gone but mom still likes to host the gathering at her home with me doing the preparations and cooking. I am able to help her in this way to keep her connection as strong as she can as our family is no longer very large and we live far from most relatives.
I am grateful I can provide this support to my family at these special times of the year. This year will be somewhat poignant as mom is not well and she will go into a nursing home in order to get more daily support and overall help.
One of my own personal traditions is remembering those who are not able to have a Christmas full of food, gifts and goodies. I have several places where I like to help a bit and bring some cheer. Recently I took a visit to Kenya. There I distributed some small food items to widows in several villages. You would not believe how HAPPY they were. It warmed my heart so much. I wish I could have done a lot more for these precious people.
Here are a few photos of that special day.
|Being led into one of the village homes by the ladies.|
|Greetings are being made as we settle into the cooking hut.|
|A widow leads us in prayer.|
The following photos were added December 28, 2010
|The widows speak.|
|A local leader who supports the widows self-help group. He acted as my translator.|
|The chairwoman of the widow's group smiles broadly after receiving her gift of food.|
|The secretary of the women's group receives her food.|
|Widows and orphans gather around and sing a song of happiness during the food distribution.|
|See the smiles. I was told that they were singing about how God is good and had not forgotten the widows at this time of Christmas.|
|Here the widows pack up the food and children and head home. Some of them headed to the food that had been prepared for us.|
I'd love to know how you are spending your Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas to each of you. May you find a special day wherever you are.
If you are alone, reach out to someone else or volunteer your time to help someone in need if you are able and help to spread the season's cheer.
God bless you all.
God bless you all.