December has been our busiest month by far. We have so many events in a short space of time, and it’s a challenge. On top of our usual English clubs, we’re now switching to a Christmas theme and hope to have Christmas parties at the end of the month. We’ve also been planning a Christmas concert and hope to have 120 people join us! We’ve been carolling every weekend, making decorations for the old people’s home and been delivering Christmas cards.
On Christmas day we’ll be celebrating with Christine and having a Christmas dinner of sorts. We hope to have all our favourite Christmas food but it can be difficult to do so living in a different country. We also hope to celebrate Christmas with Christine’s family but nothing has been confirmed yet. We have done Secret Santa for each other this year, so we will be opening our present on Christmas day; let’s hope we know each other well enough!
Christmas in France has many similarities such as presents, chocolate and Santa. Many people in France see Christmas as a time to spend with family which explains why most of our hosts are travelling to get to other family members. A major difference we have found in the Christmas culture here is the varied dishes In the Christmas dinner. For example fish is served at Taff’s hosts’ house! Also a turkey, Yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets are not a must a Christmas in French homes.
As the year comes to a close, we just want to say thank you for all the support we’ve received from our friends, family, church members, and the people working hard at the BMS keeping us alive! Whilst we are sad to be away from our families at Christmas, we know that it will be a pleasure to work for God and serve the community in Gif.
Team France wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
-An end to the ‘gilet jaunes’ riots in Central Paris
– For the Action Teamers away from their families at Christmas
– For the Christmas work to create a relationship between Church and Community