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We recently posted the pictures from our Christmas brunch with our neighbours, the Mosbys. After sharing quiche, biscuits, fruit salad, and mimosas, we returned to our apartment to make the majority of our Skype calls to family back home. We are 6 hours ahead of South Africa and 14 hours ahead of Texas, so there is some planning that needs to go into making sure that everyone gets a call on Christmas. We miss our families so much, especially at Christmas, so talking to them is a very important part of this holiday for us. That evening, we made our way over to other friends. The same friends that we had spent Thanksgiving with – Michael, Elisabeth and their two daughters. Elisabeth hadn’t revealed much about the evening to us, except for telling us to bring some cookies, a side dish of vegetables, and shirts that we didn’t mind getting dirty.
What followed was a multicultural Christmas dinner. Michael and Elisabeth are from The States, but Michael was born in Thailand. That is, of course, also a place that Justin and I love very much, and where we got engaged. All of us therefore love Thai food… so three Americans, one South African, and three babies born in China, all got together to eat Thai food on Christmas. For dessert Elisabeth surprised us with a delicious Malva Pudding, a popular South African dessert, which contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelised texture. She has told us, many-a-time, that she does not cook, so we were honoured that she chose to make us a dessert that she had no experience making. Turns out that she had to make it three times, but she did a wonderful job and we are grateful for her kind gesture. On the dinner table, it said “Merry Christmas” in the four languages relevant to all of us – Afrikaans, Korean, Chinese, and English. Liz also bought blank canvases, paint and brushes, so that we could partake in starting a new family tradition of making a craft on Christmas Day. We all decided on a hand/ footprint designs, and then set out to making our very first Christmas Family Craft. We were all happy with our final art pieces, and we had fun doing them!
(Photo: Donald Bowers)
Definitely trying these next time we are in USA!
The Thai food that we ate was absolutely divine! We’ve never eaten Thai food at Christmas but it’s not a bad idea at all – order in and avoid the long hours in the kitchen! Even though we make a lot of Thai curries at home, it was great to eat a plate full of our favourite Thai dishes without having to prepare anything. Our friends are very sweet! Not only did Elisabeth prepare Malva Pudding, but she also whipped up an amazing Eggnog from scratch! Neither Justin nor I had ever had eggnog before, so we were quite looking forward to trying it. My first thought, Oh my word – why have I never had this before? I can’t believe how delicious it was!! Of course, I later went home to see how it is made, only to discover that in The States, you can simply buy it pre-made, with or without alcohol. As you can tell, I have been living in Asia for far too long. Growing up in South Africa, I had never seen or tried eggnog since this is very much an American tradition.
|Eggnog… yes please!|
|Elijah 6 months, Thea 8 months|
|Christmas Picture of all three kids.. NAILED IT!|