Wednesday Write-Up: One Week Until Christmas

It feels weird to be thinking of Christmas already. I simply cannot wrap my head around the fact that it is exactly ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! I have never spent Christmas in a tropical wonderland instead of the winter kind. It’s a real trip (why yes, that was an intentional pun).

We want Zoë to still know that it is the holiday season and to celebrate Jesus’ birthday as a family. Z is really interested in birthdays lately, often telling us that it was daddy’s birthday, then the Kings (of Thailand), and now hers. I made the mistake of telling her that her birthday was next after we celebrate Jesus’. Now she thinks her birthday is tomorrow everyday instead of actually in June. Oops, bad mommy moment, I guess I probably should have figured a 2 1/2 year old would not comprehend how far in the future that is.

Anyway, we bought a lovely fake Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago. We decorated it with lights (that stopped working after about a week, can’t complain though, only paid 30 baht for them) and ornaments and candy canes. We also made Z an advent box filled with 25 different trinkets or candy since we couldn’t find an advent calendar (the kind with chocolate that I could steal from share with her). Every morning after breakfast we all gather so that Zoë can cover her eyes and pull something out of the “red box.” She loves it and it has helped us to show her that we are counting down the days until Christmas. I even went as far as to play Christmas carols in the house today, which felt so odd because it was sunny and around 30 C (85 F). We are doing our best to make Christmas in Thailand special.

Chad and Zoë putting the tree together

Chad and Zoë putting the tree together

Decorating the tree

Decorating the tree

All finished! Much more beautiful than I expected.

All finished! Much more beautiful than I expected.

The advent box- we may change this up a bit next year to include tasks for others and Bible verses

The advent box- we may change this up a bit next year to include tasks for others and Bible verses

I am thankful that we are in a country that doesn’t really celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense. If I were to be somewhere that I would have to bundle up to go outdoors, see all the decorated homes and trees, and was to hear of everyone around me going to visit their families for the holiday, I think that I would be having a much more difficult time being away from our family right now. So I am thankful that we are here in Thailand and celebrating Christmas IN ONE WEEK!

Sorry, I just can’t get over it… I need to go get some shopping done now!

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11 thoughts on “Wednesday Write-Up: One Week Until Christmas

  1. Merry Week Before Christmas!
    I understand the feeling. I used to live in Hawaii and it was strange to see Christmas trees with fake snow and lights and all next to swaying palm trees in the tropical breeze. And, when the temperature dipped into the 60s people got out their heavy parka coats and scarves and hats!
    Hey, re birthdays—today (Dec 18) is Randy’s 60th. You can add that to Zoe’s list.
    How do you say “Happy Birthday” and “Merry Christmas” in the Thai language?
    Auntie Cyndie

    • That’s funny because it actually is about 70 degrees right now and I am in jeans and a hoodie… It’s chilly! 🙂
      Happy birthday to Uncle Randi… 60! That’s a big one, I hope you guys are celebrating big!
      I looked up on the internet how to say merry Christmas: สุขสันต์วันคริสต์มาส (s̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn khris̄t̒mās̄)
      AND happy birthday: สุขสันต์วันเกิด
      (s̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn keid).
      I will have to ask our Thai friends if those are actually correct though. Sometime google translate steers me wrong. Love you Auntie and love to Uncle Randi!

  2. I remember living in South Carolina and how shocking it was to not have cold and snow for Christmas. I would be putting up the Christmas decorations, muttering who knows what under my breath because I was hot and working up a sweat! Here in South Dakota it is plenty too cold. ENJOY! And Merry Christmas! The tree and Advent box are great!

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