Posted by: monsonmadness | November 29, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

well…not quite, but we’re doing our best. It’s been 90 degrees here and it definitely doesn’t look like Christmas outside, but in our home we’ve created a small Christmas area that is helping us to feel festive. Check out our new Christmas palm tree…isn’t that the coolest thing ever?

We always used to decorate on December 1st, but when Mary was born on that day, we moved it back a few days. We always wait until after Thanksgiving, but then we feel that any day is safe to focus on the next holiday, so on the day after Thanksgiving, we put up our decorations.

We only brought one box of Christmas things. The stockings were a must have, then I really wanted to have the toy nativity and nativity nesting dolls, a few of our favorite books, and a small bag of our favorite tree ornaments.

We’ve been learning a lot about Samoa this year and we are celebrating our Christmas with this country this year. Funny thing is, there really aren’t that many Christmas traditions. Like other holidays, there is nothing particularly traditional, only opportunities to get together with family and eat lots of food. Samoans play traditional sports in their villages before Christmas, so we’ll see if we can find something along that line. They also go carol singing which we will do at some point too.

In the meantime, we wish you “La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou” (Merry Christmas and a happy new year!)



  1. Yes, the Christmas palm tree is pretty cool!! That would be so strange to have such hot weather at Christmas. Love the stockings- did you make them??

  2. Manuia le tautola tausaga nei ma le tautolu tausaga fou. It has been 43 years but I think I stated that correctly. lol

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