All good things come to an end, weeks of preperation, shopping and stressing over what to buy and how to prepare this and that. Last minute rush for presents or crackers for Christmas Lunch.
Im sure it was all worth it in the end when you saw the faces on the families faces, seeing their eyes light up once the wrapping came off the presents :-D. The pleasure seen by a child when they open up their gift is the best feeling, the innocence and appreciation they show will touch even the hardest of hearts pulling those strings to the limit.
– Do people eat breakfast on Christmas day? –
The smell of the Christmas lunch comes in at a close second, for some this is what we have been waiting for whole year, gammon, turkey and all types of salads fresh from woolworths ;-)…but in Elim its fresh from the garden :-P. Don’t forget the best part TRIFLE the best pudding ever because it has alcohol in it and your parents don’t mind hahaha some peoples hands are heavy so after the pudding the conversations change drastically words slurring hahaha :-D.
– EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT –
In typical South African fashion we are poured with showers of blessings on Christmas day, we might not get a white christmas but I’d prefer summer rain over ice anyday (I’d like to experience a white christmas one day though). As die maagie leka vol is val die oé mos toe a christmas day always feels like sunday…but thats how holidays are, days are not important right.
Well today is boxing day as I’m writing this post I’m glad I bought a present for the house – 2ply toilet paper and airfreshner hahaha Merry Christmas and now the focus turns to those New Years parties – Stay Safe 😉
Luke 2:10 And the angel said to
them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
It is that time of the year when everybody is happy, families come together around a Christmas tree to spread the festive cheer.
There are many traditions that people practise around Christmas time for us as a family we all gather at my ouma’s place and hand out presents as a family a hour before 12 on Christmas Eve.
It all starts with the Christmas Eve service where you can feel the excitement in the air, as a child in the Moravian Church on Elim you know there is a surprise waiting for you after church :-D. The children participate in the service by singing hymns and reciting passages out of the hymn book but the most exciting part is when the lights are switched off and all the children are singing Moré stér with only the star and candles lighting the church, not even pictures or words can describe that moment.
Matthew 2:10 When they saw the
star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
Christmas is a time for sharing not only gifts but also experiences and joy of a year that passed, accomplishments achieved, encouragement to carry on if faliure occured but most of all just spending time with your family.
Many of us have our own traditions that we uphold but it all centres around one theme and that is the birth of a king…
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
I wish you all a blessed Christmas and festive period be safe and enjoy every moment 😀
Staying in a small community like Elim there are certian traditions that are followed, last night was one of them. It was the night the children got to meet Santa :-D. (albeit someone that they know from the community)
Jingle bells jingle bells Jingle all the way O what fun it is to see Santa on his one tractor open trailer 😀
The sweet sound of Christmas Carols wishing everyone a Merry Christmas filled the not so silent night sky as the tractor was driven through the streets where they hand delivered presents to each child who was lucky enough to be good this year en as jy nou rerig goed was het jy ‘n halwe skaap gewen (terms and conditions apply 😀 ). As ek moré skaap tjops ryk weet ek waar ek gaan Christmas lunch eet.
Another tradition that is followed is the chopping and decorating of your own real Christmas tree this is something I grew up with and have the scars on my fingers to prove it :-D.
Daar is sy mooi opgedoen nou moet ons net die laaste presents opwrap dan kan die Christmas gees maar begin 😀
Geluk oppie ‘Ou’ Christmas laat hy val waar hy wil….of is dit te vroeg om die luck uit te bring 😀 – sal maar cheers met ‘n bietjie koffee 😉
Exodus 15:27 – New International Version
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
Not so long ago this is how the main street of Elim looked, the iconic Kerk Straat, if you squint your eyes just a little you will see the Church – The Moravian Church the centre of this little community. Ek wil gesé dit was donkie jare gelede wane die straate so gelyk dit maar soos jy kan sien is daar ‘n ou op ‘n bicycle en ek wil nie die image van Elim spoil nie want as julle kom kuier sal julle sien hier ry die mense nie met donkies nie dit is perde. Som van ons moet betaal om op ‘n perd té klim hier kan jy net vir een van die ‘Elimeers’ vra en hulle sal vir jou lui na die water waar die Perde wei :-D. Hier is ook ‘n museum waar jy meer kan uitvind oor hierdie sendingstasie jy mag dalk net uitvind dat jou ma se ma se niggie getroud was met Oom Jappie se seun :-D. So kom gerus en besoek hierdie dorpie want daar wag ‘n leka verrassing vir julle….
This is now, after many years the main street has got a facelift, pavements have been put out and the road tarred. The process is not yet complete but the community of Elim is excited at the prospect that it has become more easily accessible for all. Change is good and it also bring with it new opportunties in upliftment and healthy living conditions for all but one thing is for certain…
..if you squint your eyes just a little you will see that same Church building of years ago and that is what will keep this community going for many more prosperous years to come.
Exodus 15:27 New Living Translation – After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and
seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water.
I cannot even imagine where
I would be today were it not
for that handful of friends
who have given me a heart
full of joy. Let’s face it,
friends make life a lot more
fun. – Charles R. Swindoll
The tree is decorated, presents are wrapped and packed nicely, this was the scene at our Secret Santa get together with friends.
Our second year and Santa is getting more generous it seems presents getting bigger as the budget increased :-D….its the season for giving after all.
When the sun set it was time for the festivities to start, fire burning – tjoppies op die kole en ‘n leka koue biertjie in die hand dit was tyd om leka fees te hou nah ‘n lang jaar van werk. 😀
What do you call a chicken in the North Pole – Lost
This was one of the jokes that came out of the Christmas Crackers hahaha a great evening of fun and laughter with a crazy bunch of friends. This is one tradition in the early stages but I think we should uphold as it brings us closer together.
The greatest gift of life is
friendship, and I have
received it. – Hubert H. Humphrey
If you are from Cape Town I’m sure you will recognise this seat, yip this is the hotseat where stories have been shared for the past 15 years.
David and Oscar have shared their experiences together with the hilarious Boeta Joe and Boeta Gamat to sold out audiences across the country with thier authentic humour straight out the Cape Flats. In Joe Barber VI Life we are exposed to a different kind of experience, keeping with the changing times technology is the main emphasis from FaceTime to getting your license all packed in 130 minutes of side splitting laughter.
There is a new character too someone I never saw before but soos Outjie sal se is sy ‘n bietjie van ‘n ‘dakskroef’ haha en ek praatie van Washiela nie.
This production has come a long way since their first show to one person in the audience in Joe Barber 1 where we were taken to the galaxy days, Joe Barber 2 which I have no idea what it is about to be honest didn’t even know there was a second one o_O. The third one saw us don our old school ties in a High School reunion which for me was the best one to watch live as it was interactive with the whole audience getting involved.
Since its debut, the original
production (titled Meet Joe Barber) has enjoyed a number of sequels – namely Joe Barber and Boeta Gamat.Too, Joe Barber 3: The Family
Affair , Joe Barber 4 The People and.Joe Barber 5: School Cuts
Ek het gou gegoogle soos Boeta Gamat gesé dit hy hou van lees maar as hy nie van iets weet nie den he will google it sorry for the error above but djy sal sien all die anne previous productions van Joe Barber en My Barber is ya stiek uit ints ints ints. It was nommer 5 wat die School Reunion geweesit sorry man ek was in aandklas 😀
I felt abit sentimental as it seemed like this was the last we will be seeing Boeta Joe and Boeta Gamat on stage as they are trying to make it big on TV miskien is daar soma ‘n julle series wat julle kan download innie future hulle is mos Do’ers en nie doose nie hahahaha.
Well worth your time so kry maar jou cash en kry jou kop reg vir ‘n leka TV haircut no cheques accepted so voetjek met jou tjek cos cash is king 😀
Ek het mos vir julle gesè ek gaan ‘n regte picture vat saamie legend gee vir die bra ‘n OSCAR.
and last but not least…..
With South Africa taking on the West Indies in a series of Test matches it is the start of Cricket Season strap on your white clothes, pads and helmet want hier kom groot dinge, anyways closer to home with the smell of beer brewing in Newlands the local boykies are taking on a test of their own against the Highveld Lions.
Ek hoor mos is verneit toe moet ek mos kom support issie elke dag dat jy jou holwange op elke seat in Newlands kan sit nie 😀
Obviously my support is for the Cobra’s on day 2 things are looking abit bleak though with the Lions putting up a score of 413, at the moment the Cobra’s are on 93-4 come on Boykies spit some venom into those Lions….kill them dead
I never really liked watching cricket live jy kannie eens die ball sienie maar jy moet wakker wees want as jy net hoor bat on ball kan it dalk ‘n ses wees that is why I love the shorter version T20.
Jus look at that view magnificent right – Welcome to Cape Town howzit 😉