How to Make Sense of the Holiday Season in a Place Where it is Not?
It may sound strange, but I have experienced Christmas as it happens in a western country only few times in my life.
This year for me is one of those rare opportunities to get a glimpse of Christmas in the “christian” world. It is proving to be an interesting cultural learning process. In the last several weeks I’ve learned more about Christmas than ever before.
However, many of us find ourselves in countries where Christmas is not celebrated. And if for me, this is rather normal, for many fo us in the missions community it proves to be an unusual experience.
Here are few links that may be helpful in making sense of this Holiday season as seen from missions perspective:
- Top #MissionsLink: Celebrating When No One Around You Is: Christmas in a Muslim Culture
- The author of this article came up with 12 Ways to pray at Christmas. Some of the points on the list challenge me to think wider and more creatively about missions.
- The Christmas Ache and the Conundrum of this Cross-Cultural Life is an article written by a woman for an audience of women who serve cross-culturally.
- I wish for myself to get to know my new muslim acquaintances as good as described in this article, The Christmas Treasure, or better. Perhaps, this season could provide a reason to build on our existing relationships.
- Gift Giving is traditionally an important part of Christmas. This article describes the process of gift giving in China. Many principles are similar to the Middle East or other muslim background cultures. Although, not everything will apply directly, my hope is that this article will inspire you to find out how gifts are given in your place.
- This Christmas link today doesn’t really have anything to do with missions. It comes from an Adventist source and tackles the origins of this holiday season. Just thought it maybe interesting.
What about you?
How do you go about this holiday season in your mission experience?
I’d love to hear from you and interact in the comments below.