|the kids hard at work on their tree...|
|the tree was in 3 parts that they colored..|
|hard at work cutting out paper decorations|
|placing of the ornaments was a painstaking process|
|look at our tree!!!|
|wow, that's some gorgeous tree!|
During this, my second "holiday season" in Mongolia, I realized the dorm students did not have a tree to enjoy last year. Since I've come to know that this season of merriment is a special time of year, even in a predominately Buddhist country, I decided the dorm kids must have a tree of their own!
With limited resources to purchase a tree, it dawned on me that our arts and crafts club, (sponsored by World Vision) would make a lovely tree out of paper! Thursday at our weekly session, the kids did just that! They had lots of fun and now have a tree to admire and wish upon, as children everywhere do.
Many holiday traditions are similar here in addition to having a tree. Greeting cards are common as are small gifts for children. I have already made over 100 simple "Happy New Year" cards to give to my students this year; I can't wait! There is general feeling of goodwill and friendliness that always warms my heart. Shopping for decorations, gifts, cards and fancy clothes for parties is in full swing now, as I just witnessed in the local market place this afternoon.
School children usually have as well as a performance, a party at school, where they dance and get dressed up. Last year I attended the dorm party, which was lots of fun, as well as the teachers party, which was a wild and crazy event!
I'm looking forward to sharing in those celebrations again, and even here across the world, I enjoy the festive atmosphere. Wishing all of you warm greetings of the season, and the best in the new year......