Every child, and often adults, get a new outfit for Christmas and girls all get their hair done. The weeks leading up to Christmas traveling salesmen walk from house to house selling clothes and the tailors are busy sewing, often working through the night. We could walk to any house and there would be a girl or lady getting her hair braided, often with extensions.
|Our friends, Antoinetta and Binta, helped us get this outfit made for our sweet one.|
|Matching jersey's for the three amigos.|
Women work most of the day cooking a huge meal. This meal isn't for her family, rather it is to hand out to everyone that is special to her. This meal involves chicken, sometimes beef, but mostly chicken. Meat chickens start arriving around October to be grown and sold for the Christmas meal. These chickens are different than typical chickens that are running around, they are white and much larger. This last Christmas for us in Guinea Bissau we got chicken and I worked hard to make a huge meal to pass out to every woman in our Bible study. This created a lot of nerves for me because...well, I'm just going to say it, I ruined a lot of meals and served some pretty disgusting food to our friends there. They would graciously accept, but I never heard anything but thank you. This Christmas dinner I served them and they all told me how good it was and that now, I could cook African. That was one of the best gifts I could receive. Those women spent hours teaching me to cook, so for them to tell me it was good was such a blessing, they had taught a white girl to cook.
|Our kids often enjoyed meals with friends.|
Christmas was so different, so simple. We saw our Father in new ways and had the opportunity to just enjoy the Reason for the Season.