Wow! Christmas week in Ghana was so different than at home. First of all, the weather indicates nothing that it is christmas time ha it's still just about the same as when i came. But everyone knew it was Christmas! The only thing different was they couldn't really show it with decorations or anything. I even heard some christmas music coming from fried rice stands! I got pretty excited when i heard that! It's definitely not the same, but its still christmas and i will never forget this one.
The coolest thing we got to do this week was provide a meal for Jennifer and her family. Each missionary received 5 extra cedis in their sub to use for someone for christmas. Elder Harris and i decided that we would make french toast and syrup for this family. We made a ton of french toast and getting it to sepaase wasn't all that easy ha if you can picture two white men, one with a big pot of toast, the other carrying a smaller sized christmas tree and syrup, getting onto a tro-tro. Not easy ha. But we made it! They loved the food, but they didn't really know what to do with the syrup ha. The adults were complaining that it was too much sugar, which i didn't think it was enough ha. The kids loved it! They had me pour it in their cups so they could drink it! I dont think they have ever had so much sugar in their lives. While we were eating we gave them the same christmas tree that my grandma Lucy gave me. Thank you grandma, you made mine and this families christmas! They loved it and although they didn't do the best job decorating it, it was so much fun and made their christmas! It was such a neat experience for elder harris and i to go and give these people a christmas meal. I will never forget the smiles on all their faces.
On christmas day we weren't too busy. It was really strange waking up and knowing that the rest of you were all asleep waiting for christmas morning. I remember how anxious and excited i use to get, it was just a weird feeling not being able to do that. But I was still way excited to call home. The thing was we couldn't get our new phone chips registered! We tried everything that day to get it done, nothing would work. We were starting to think that we just weren't going to be able to call home until the next week. That night we went to visit a member of our branch. We found out that he had a chip that we could borrow! Wow, i felt so relieved and excited. Calling home was awesome! I felt like i was right there in the room with them, i even heard tripp bark a couple times ;). It was so cool to talk to them and hear their voices. One phone call down, three to go :).
It was really fun week and i'm starting to find out that a lot of the people here celebrate christmas more the week after. So we will continue to celebrate it with them. These people are awesome, they don't have much but they manage with what they have and they do it with a smile on their faces. I love them so much. Well, i hope you all had a great christmas and have a happy new year! Next time i write it will 2011! Crazy!
Love you all,