Ethiopian Christmas

Tomorrow, January 7th the wonderful people of Ethiopia are celebrating Christmas. Our child if he is born yet might be celebrating too. Maybe he is wearing white, maybe he is playing ganna the field hockey type game (probably not though because he would be too little). Our dossier is finished we are just waiting to send it to get state sealed, so that we can have our agency make sure we didn’t mess anything up. Tonight we are all thinking of our other family member a 13 hour plane ride away and wondering if he is safe and healthy and celebrating today. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates Ganna (Christ’s Birth) on January 7th. The people fast the day before and wake up at dawn, dress in white and celebrate at church. There is usually a meal with meat (most likely in stew form)  that breaks the fast and they serve it on injera (There is a great tutorial on how to make this on Owlhaven). Twelve days after this on January 19 they celebrate Timkat (which means baptism in Amharic), this is a three day event celebrating Jesus’s baptism in the Jordan River and is huge in Ethiopia – please read witheyeslikemine to get the full story about Timkat.

We would like to celebrate today to be in unity with our child even if he isn’t born yet. I really want my daughters to continue to learn about Ethiopia and all the culture that we can absorb. So we had pizza tonight (the 6th) a vegetarian fast having no meat until tomorrow night and we’ll have a roast. This sounds easy but I don’t eat red meat and I’ve only made about 3 roasts in my life, but here goes nothing. We will serve it on pita bread and see if the kids will want to eat it with just the bread and no utensils. I think we’ll pray for Ethiopia and maybe hold candles and walk around the house once. According to in modern day Ethiopia every person at the church receives a candle and they walk around the church.

Hopefully each year forward we will learn more and celebrate together with other Ethiopians to let our child know that with the joy of having him in our lives we are also thankful that we can share in his native culture too.

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