Bring and Enjoy!
Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
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It definitely feels weird to be away from family and friends at Christmas. For the record, I admit to taking for granted my time with the people I love during the holidays. When we're busy making our Christmas rounds we're often so busy thinking about where we need to go next that we don't take time to savor the moments that matter the most. I know that I usually need a holiday from the holiday break because by the end of all the visiting, eating and gift opening, I'm exhausted. Thank goodness for skype, but skype dancing with my Dad to What a Wonderful World wasn't the same this year. I would also take my nephew ignoring me in person over ignoring me over the internet any day. The only thing I'm slightly thankful for is not overeating, especially here when I'm wearing shorts and a tank top most days!
Ghanaians celebrate Christmas a little differently than us Westerners. First of all, surprisingly enough, Christmas to them is Christ's birthday! For those of you who primarily celebrate Christmas for that reason forgive me for lumping you in with everyone else. There is no Santa Claus, Rudolph, elves or candy canes. Here it is church, church, beach parties, church, street jams, church and church. Thank goodness they play Christmas music (and love Celine Dion) but there is no Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer, or I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus!
One thing we all have in common is that Christmas is the season of pot lucks! Tis the season for eating a variety of dishes and drinks all at once, when it is appropriate to eat a piece of chicken, followed by a chocolate cookie and then back to another piece of chicken. Our stomachs must start preparing for a plethora of foods all at once months in advance or else we would all spend most of the holidays on the toilet - some of us actually do but it is so worth it!
Global Mamas celebrated its 1st Annual Bring and Enjoy (aka Pot Luck) last week and the Cape Coast office was bursting at the seams! Over 40 people attended including staff, Mamas and their workers
Friday afternoon us staff had our own little party which consisted of corned beef (from a can) pressed sandwiches stuffed with fresh avocado, chocolate fan ice, fried yam chips and pineapple. Instead of buying individual gifts I replaced our broken down, duck taped radio with a proper boom box with all the bells and whistles. Later on that afternoon I noticed a few of the staff just staring at it like it was a fish tank! I have to say that Ghanaians are easy to please!
I also realized this Christmas how thankful I am for Colin Firth! Christmas Eve I ate shortbread cookies and watched Love Actually, Christmas morning I ate cornflakes in bed and watched Mamma Mia and today I will settle in and watch Bridget Jone's Diary
I will leave you with this quote from Love Actually.....
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.”