Merry Christmas from Cambodia!

We had a great time celebrating Christmas on this side of the world. Christmas Eve was split between the Christmas celebration at church and the wedding reception of one of Andrew's coworkers. The church put on a huge celebration, with about 500 people from surrounding churches coming to visit, perform in skits and songs, and eat Christmas Eve dinner together under the stars.

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia at Living Waters Church
Seating under the open sky

Christmas morning, Andrew woke up early and snuck out of the house to retrieve my surprise present from its hiding place in the office. All week, I'd given him a hard time about not having any presents under the tree with my name on them. And, of course, he played innocent. The boys from downstairs came up and joined us for our Christmas breakfast of scrambled eggs and carrot-date-oatmeal muffins.

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia - life as an expat

And, of course, as soon as we started opening presents, they joined in the fun and "helped" us unwrap everything.

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia - life as an expat

Andrew surprised me with a new bike! Since I don't have my own transportation, I often walk to and from the office and our friends' house. So having a bicycle will be an easy, and much quicker, way of getting from here to there. I had asked for it, but had no idea Andrew had snuck across the border to Thailand last week to buy one for me. As you can see, the boys were possibly even more excited than I was about the new bike, which comes with a seat in the bike, pegs, and a basket for their puppy.

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia - life as an expat

Christmas dinner was spent at our friends' house, with people gathering together to celebrate Christ's birth over a classic American turkey. I went out on a limb and tried my great-grandmother's recipe for no-fail dinner rolls. And, I do believe they were a success! 

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia - life as an expat - bread rolls

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia - life as an expat

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia - life as an expat
The Poipet Gang (missing a few people!)

We definitely miss our families and our family traditions around this time of year - like caroling, pumpkin roll, card games, and Christmas S'more Bars. But we are so thankful for the family we have here in Poipet to spend Christmas with. I can't imagine how lonely we would be if not for them. It also encourages us to both find new traditions for ourselves and find creative ways to do old ones - even if it's a bit more difficult than the original! 

So, we'd love to say to all of you - Merry Christmas, and may the Lord bless you in the New Year!

Christmas in Poipet, Cambodia - life as an expat