Friday, January 10, 2014

Georgia Newsletter

Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us.

We hope that you have had a wonderful holiday season. We made it through two Christmases and two new years. The Georgian celebrate the traditional Orthodox Christmas and new year as well as the new ones. Of course, there isn't a whole lot of gift giving going on in their version of it. Just good food and good friends for new years. Christmas is a bit depressing here as it is a religious holiday, and anything connected to religion has to be sad and somber to them.

As you can see from the picture above though, New Years here is awesome. Each person contributes to the fire work show by lighting off their own fireworks. The people of the city will light up the whole city for about an hour with this awesome display. This year we bought some fire works and joined in.

I remember it wasn't fireworks that they were shooting off but rather live ammunition. When we first got to Georgia, we had to stay inside for most holidays because those bullets do eventually come down somewhere. I remember a guy that shot a rocket propelled grenade into the local lake. Most of that has gone now, and the fireworks are what has taken its place. Thank God for improvement!

Thank you to all of you who helped to make our families Christmas a bright one. May God bless you as you have blessed us.

In with a Bang:
As you can see above, New years is awesome here in Tbilisi. Hope your New Years was as fun as ours was.
 Christmas Morning
Before doing anything else, we read the Christmas story from the book of Luke. Then we thanked God for the best present of all, Jesus. As soon as we finished, the girls ripped into the presents that we had gotten them. Needless to say they had a fun day.

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