So this Christmas was very different then any Christmas I have ever had before: no snow, no cold, no Christmas lights on houses in the neighborhood or my home, no sugar cookies and no holiday inspired coffee drinks. However, one thing was the same – being with people you care about and who care the same in return (which is the most important and fulfilling part). Luckily this part of the holidays I was able to have here in Uganda.
I went to Kasese, which is western Uganda, for Christmas this year and stayed at my friend Jason’s house along with eight other PCV’s. I arrived on Christmas Eve to some of my closest friends in country there already! We had dinner at a hotel in town that gave a beautiful view of the Rwenzori Mountains that separate Uganda from the Congo. That night we all had a blast catching up and making new holiday memories together.
The next day was Christmas! We had a big brunch to start the day and the rest of the day pretty much revolved around eating too ha! Jason had a Christmas tree in his work space so that was nice to have up during the festivities!
After lunch we came back to Jason’s house and had a great afternoon game of Yankee Swap. Most people at the celebration hadn’t played Yankee Swap before so I’m assuming it’s mostly a New England game (unless you’ve seen that episode of The Office – someone always goes above the price limit!). There were some great gifts under the tree (on PCV Uganda standards): JIF Peanut Butter, a map of East Africa, mac n’ cheese, illegally downloaded movies, wooden spoons, kitchen towels and of course alcohol. I was lucky enough to end up with the wooden spoons and kitchen towels! Very much appreciated and needed.
That night we went to a buffet dinner at the nice hotel in town and got to have turkey for the first time being in country. It was pretty tough, but yummy! We all had a wonderful night at dinner and to end the night all went back to Jason’s to play some kosher games for the whole family :)