there are days when i can almost forget we're in Africa. and other days when it's glaringly obvious. the traffic. the stench of burning trash. the tropical birds (who needs an alarm clock?). the loud parties blasting Celine Dion late into the night. the heat. in December.
And so it was such a gift last week to gather with a few other families (and tons of kids) to drink wassail, eat Christmas cookies, and make ornaments together. it felt normal. and normal is so good sometimes.
Counting the gifts of the familiar, and the uncomfortable this week:
#5216. my mom's recipe, a taste of home
#5217. letting him do it himself, going at his pace.
#5218. joy in just being together
#5221. birthday celebrations extending for weeks
#5222. love from Grammy and Poppy, and from our champions!
#5224. seeing my men "work together and figure it out!"
#5225. joy leaping into my throat
#5226. this passage into boyhood
#5228. Christmas carols playing, mamas chatting, kids crafting
#5229. a mug of wassail in my hand- "Christmas in a cup!" (recipe below)
#5230. the joy of opening our home, and giving other families a taste of familiar.
#5231. You, our true home
#5232. You, our common bond across continents and cultures
#5233. You, the reason we celebrate!
#5234. You, who help me see the glitter in the midst of the mess
#5235. You, who take the scraps of life and make something beautiful.
(Or Christmas in a Cup)
Mix in a crockpot (on low):
18 oz. pineapple juice
8 oz. lemon juice
32 oz. orange juice
32 oz. cranberry juice
1 quart water
Simmer on the stove:
1 quart boiling water
5 decaf tea bags
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cloves
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Once the tea and spices have steeped, strain and pour into the crockpot mixture. Simmer and serve! Enjoy!