The Christmas holiday has been great here. We had Christmas Eve dinner at Sabina’s (she lives with Carol and Denise) mom’s house in Nowy Targ. It was a traditional Polish Christmas dinner consisting of giving wishes to each person (cool idea when done w/ your heart and not just out of tradition), a couple of soups, bread, pierogi and fish, it was all delicious. Then we went back to Zakopane where we had a ten o’clock church service where one of the girls read the Christmas story from Luke 2, then Denise read “How God Decorates for Christmas” by Ron Melh, then we sung some Christmas carols. At the end of the night we ended the night with a candle light vigil while singing Silent Night in Polish and English, everyone seemed very pleased, since this was our first Christmas as a “church”. God is doing a lot in the hearts the people here and I am very excited for what is in store for the New Year. After the service Denise and I went to Slovakia to renew my “tourist” visa, it was fun seeing all the churches beautifully decorated for Christmas and with the lights on for Mid-night mass. I am staying with Denise and Sabina until Sunday, since Carol is currently in Seattle visiting with family, it would not be much fun staying in Zakopane by myself.
Overall Christmas in Poland has been a great experience and a very nice time to relax and talk. I sincerely hope that everyone has a wonderful time this Holiday season, and just remember YOU make the best of it, when you allow HIM to guide your every step. Family’s can be very frustrating, and people will be people, everything is better when you allow God to work through you at every moment instead of controlling your own life.