Saturday, December 10, 2011

Early Christmas!

Yesterday I celebrated my first Omani Christmas, despite the fact that it was only December 9th. No matter... it is December, therefore it is an excellent time for Christmas celebrations.
The five of us YESers went to the American International School Muscat (TAISM) for a Christmas concert! It was performed by the Muscat Singers, a group of adult expats (mostly American and British) who get together and sing. It was very... foreign, to say the least. Honestly, it was really nice to see a Christmas concert. They sang songs from all around the world (well, Europe anyways).
And of course there was the traditional sing-a-long. It was really fun to teach our Omani program director some of our favorite tunes (Oh bring us some figgy pudding!) and it just felt pretty homey to be sitting in a school gym surrounded by foreigners singing Christmas carols.
After the concert, we went to the home of one of the women who works at Amideast for a lovely Christmas dinner! They were so ridiculously kind to us... not only did they welcome us into their home, there were stockings! With wonderful things like bagels and calenders-that-start-on-Saturday in them! I cannot thank Sarah and her wonderful family enough for welcoming us, because this is the second time they've had us over, and they really are just an amazing family. 
Here are some pictures:
Noah and I have stockings! 

I discovered the awesome that is Christmas crackers.. we all got hats out of the deal! Also, there were fun gifts inside like a protractor, nail clippers, a puzzle, and so on.  I got the protractor :D

We had to take this three times because I kept messing the picture up. It turned out all right though!

They had their Christmas tree up! It was one of the super-awesome ones with ornaments collected over the years. 

hors d'oeuvres

It was a really wonderful evening! It is always nice to spend time with my YES Abroad family... and getting into the Christmas spirit is a wonderful way to do so.

Merry Christmas in advance! 

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