O Tannenbaum

Our Christmas ornaments arrived from Maryland just in time for the holidays. We put them up in the kitchen window as our tree had already been decorated by the MCC Christmas Party committee. Our team here have their own traditions and it will be fun to see them blend together in the coming years.

It’s Christmas Eve here. It’s morning back in North America. I’m sitting listening to Christmas music while I wait for the pineapple stuffing to finish baking. O Tannenbaum just came on and I thought about our tree. It’s a bit different from the one we had in North America but it definitely has an appeal of its own.

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  1. Susie Kauffman says:

    Sua sdey bon Noel!

    1. Charles says:

      Thank you! រីករាយ​ថ្ងៃ​បុណ្យ​ណូអែល! And now I’m off to Mesang to help with project proposal edits!

  2. Bonny Snyder says:

    Merry Christmas Conklin family.

  3. Nancy Sharpe says:

    So glad it finally arrived!

    1. Charles says:

      Thank you so much for sending it! Crystal lit up with joy when it arrived.

  4. Barb Gebelein says:

    Merry Christmas from our family to yours 🎄❤️Be well for the new year and thanks for continuing to send these amazing messages- they are so great to read about your adventures and how God is using you!

    1. Charles says:

      Thanks Barb! Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you and yours as well! I miss catching up with you at the office.

  5. Penny Naugle says:

    Thought about you as we enjoyed spring rolls for our Christmas feast!

    1. Charles says:

      Sounds like a wonderful Christmas feast! Happy Holidays!

  6. Joyce shutt says:

    Following your many exploits and experiences is fascinating. Am glad things are going well, most of the time. Like the Christmas window. A good idea which I may copy for another year. Take care and revel in these experiences. All going well here. Joyce

    1. Charles says:

      Happy Holidays! Yes, somehow, even the difficulties – like dengue – seem to fade into a broader narrative of good. What a relief! It often felt like such a struggle to keep forward momentum in suburbia. I’m reminded of Hinds’ Feet on High Places, “O Shepherd. You said you would make my feet like hinds’ feet and set me upon High Places”. ‘Well’, he answered ‘the only way to develop hinds’ feet is to go by the paths which the hinds use.'”

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