A few days ago we had a "White Christmas" Party with some friends.
It's a tradition we carry on here in the Philippines that our pastor and his wife from our sending church in Michigan do every year. You invite some friends over.
Wearing of silly hats is a part of the fun.
Serve chili, chips and Christmas munchies.
Play the movie "White Christmas" - the 1954 film with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney.
It is a fun evening. Not many people actually watch the movie! We enjoyed talking with each other!
"God bless the ruler of this house, and send him long to reign,
And many a merry Christmas may live to see again;
Among your friends and kindred that live both far and near--
That God send you a happy new year, happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year."
"Christmas is the promise that the God who came in history and comes daily in mystery will one day come in glory.
God is saying in Jesus that in the end everything will be all right.
Nothing can harm you permanently, no suffering is irrevocable, no loss is lasting, no defeat is more than transitory, no disappointment is conclusive.
Jesus did not deny the reality of suffering, discouragement, disappointment, frustration, and death;
he simply stated that the Kingdom of God would conquer all these horrors,
that the Father's love is so prodigal that no evil could possibly resist it."
He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away.
-from "Reflections for Ragamuffins" by Brennan Manning; 1998.
Yesterday (Friday), James' friend, Sojo, came to play for the morning. James calls her "My Sojo". For one of our activities, we frosted cookies. They really enjoyed eating some of their creations, too!
Thursday night our mission organization had a Christmas party. Traditionally we sing many Christmas hymns and carols. This year, I played piano and Mikayla played clarinet for that. We had a great time!
A few weeks ago, Ben asked his teacher if he could bring Jerard in to the class to 'show off' his brother! So today, I took Jerard to Ben's class.
Ben shared a bit about how we got James and Jerard and about some of Jerard's special needs. We had a handout on hydrocephalus, brain function and what a shunt is.
(And personally, as Ben's Mom, I was so happy and proud of
him for taking the initiative to want to show Jerard to his class. Ben is a good kuya [older brother] to Jerard and James!)