Thursday, December 30, 2010

White Christmas in the Tropics

This was a very different Christmas for us, celebrating on the beautiful island of Zanzibar with dazzling white sand beaches. One of the many great things about working in Uganda is the proximity to places like this for holiday breaks.   

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Our Christmases in Uganda are very green (or sometimes brown), but this year we had a unique “White Christmas” when we traveled to Zanzibar. With our Canadian prairie roots, a white Christmas is not a foreign concept to us at all…but we normally associate it with snow rather than white sand!

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No snow boots needed here!

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No snow shovels, either…just rakes for the sand!

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No toboggans, but lots of boats!

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Boys playing with their soccer ball on the beach looked like kids in Canada playing street hockey (sort of!).

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Boys with their “Christmas starfish” collection on the beach. 

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A brief glimpse of Santa on the beach – it’s a bit too hot for the whole suit! 

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The joy of Christmas can be celebrated anywhere!

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

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