As we’ve done the past few years, Beth and her mother (and Kristin helped this year too) made up some goodies for the neighbors that we “know.” I say “know” because most of the neighbors are known by very casual and limited interactions. Several of them we know better than others but very few have allowed themselves to be known very well. In fact, we really aren’t close to any of them.
So, we’ve always hoped that passing out little bags of homemade treats would help “break the ice” a little. That really hasn’t done it, but it hasn’t hurt either. Early this week, Beth and I walked around our neighborhood to hand out a few goodie bags. The results so far were that we were invited into two of these homes which was a first-time opportunity. We’ve lived in this community over six years and for these two families, it was the first time we’ve received that kind of intimate invitation.
I don’t think we’ll make too much of this, but we’re grateful for the opportunity to gain a little more trust from these neighbors. It is often a hard thing to come by in this culture, especially in a nicer neighborhood like this one. Perhaps we’ll see some future fruit from these small opportunities to get to know them better.
Oh yeah…we’re still “on vacation!” Ha-ha…I don’t think we’ve had a day without either visiting a neighbor or having company drop by. Oh well. Unfortunately, unless we go away, we’ll not really get a true vacation in the way we would usually like it to be. Nonetheless, we’ll take what we can get…and afford!
For some pics and explanations of a few other things we’ve been up to, Beth’s mother has posted some good blog posts. I didn’t take any photos this week so this beats anything I could write up for you. After all, I’m on vacation, remember?!? ha-ha
Christmas Eve we’ll have a turkey feast (we brought a large turkey down with us in a cooler a couple weeks ago) and maybe even open a present or two. Christmas morning we’ll open up stockings and any gifts we have left. In the evening we’ll have a house church gathering here to sing carols, enjoy a Christmas lesson and eat leftovers or whatever is brought and drink ponche. Next week, maybe we’ll enjoy some more vacation!
Merry Christmas! (again…I think I wrote this in my last blog post but I didn’t know if I’d get around to another blog post before Sunday)