|Bula Vinaka, We hope you all had a good Christmas. We seniors decided to go to a beach near the Pearl (a resort) and had a swim (our first since coming to Fiji) on Christmas morning. It was a warm sunny day and the water felt great.|
|Some of us swam and got a little sunburned.|
|Others sat on a blanket under the palms and enjoyed the shade.|
|Fijians don't wear swim suits but just go in the water in whatever they are wearing.|
|Going in the morning was good timing because more people began to arrive just as we were leaving.|
|Some people dug a pit to begin cooking their food lovo style, while others brought ready to eat food.|
|L-R Elder Whiting, Elder and Sister Wells, Sister Tennis Elder and Sister Hogge|
|Later in the afternoon we went down to the Whiting's and Whiteheads place "the deck" for a Christmas dinner.|
Sister Whiting gave us each a small gift that had small treats like in a Cracker Jack Box and included a party hat.
|We had a white elephant gift exchange after Sister Tennis told us about the one they did back home and how|
someone got a real ugly vase and how over the years it would keep showing up as a gift.
|Then the last ones to open their gift was brother Tennis and surprise it was an ugly vase from our flat, that we|
wrapped up as our white elephant gift! Everyone laughed and now the ugly vase tradition continues.
|The Fijian's love to decorate for Christmas. I took my camera downstairs and captured some of the decorations. They used paper from the shredding machine to make snow.|
|lots of sparkles and lights|
|tinsel, and red and green balloons|
|here's the mission office simple decorations. I used some scraps of colored paper to make a chain and|
brought a small decorated tree we found in our flat and we bought one string of lights to go along the edge of the bar.
|Some of us went to the movie on Saturday Les Miserables (3 hour movie,sad story)|
and then we had lunch at Tappoo City mall that has eateries
This is a view of the harbor from the 3rd floor window.