Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from Libya

I thought Christmas was going to be a depressing affair this year - on lockdown, boring food, most people having fled for the holidays with their family or in more interesting places (Rome, London, Berlin, etc).  But my house hosted a big Christmas party tonight, and it turned out well.  Someone smuggled in a ton of fancy chocolates, cheeses, and sausages from Trader Joe's, and we had a mixed bag of tasty treats from Germany as well, so we were able to stuff our faces in style.  With the combined efforts of several creative people we were able to make smores at the firepit that's been set up in my yard, so as long as you didn't think about the chemicals that were soaked into the wood we were burning it was really a very pleasant evening.  We even had someone with a guitar and the ability to play three chords, so we stumbled through a few Christmas songs and a few other songs that ostensibly everyone knows.  (Even if the lyrics were usually la-la-la-la-la-don't-know-the-words HEY IT'S THE CHORUS SING THIS PART REALLY LOUDLY!)  We eventually gave up and strung together three extension cords and an iPod out of my kitchen window to get music out by the firepit.

For a group of people who's been operating at 110% for so long, the ability to kick back and enjoy some treats was really nice.  Last night I and my housemates turned coffee filters into snowflake decorations (come on, you know you did it in grade school too), and we made a 2D Christmas tree out of typing paper and candy decorations.  Twizzlers make great garlands on a paper tree!

So merry Christmas from Tripoli - where the small band of us who are still here are having fun and keeping our spirits up.  Hope you're all having a good holiday in whichever way you most prefer to celebrate it.

6 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to read this post. Merry Christmas, hannah!

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  2. Merry Christmas from Guatemala Hannah! Your Christmas party description made me smile :-) I'd love some Trader Joe's right about now!! All the best to you and your friends! ~ Bethany

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  3. Such a brilliant description of pulling a party together against the odds. Really happy you are so upbeat after all that has happened since your arrival. Happy New Year Hannah and keep writing. With love from some Istanbul readers.

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  4. Thanks, folks! Happy new year's to you too! I'm sure we'll have an equally cobbled-together celebration for NYE. :)

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  5. My daughter, the party planner. Imagine that!

    I love you and miss you more than words can say.

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  6. Sounds like a fantastic evening. I'm betting its one you'll remember fondly years from now. Keep taking good care of yourself! Tons of merriment and blessings sent your way! And your mom's comment made me tear up a little!

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