It’s an African Christmas for us this year, we are off to Botswana tomorrow for three weeks with Granny and Gramps. We are so excited to have a break and to spend the holidays with family. Despite Kooks writing to Santa to tell him she’s been naughty, both my girls get Christmas this year and are expecting Santa Claus to visit and leave them a special surprise. This has caused a little bit of a dilemma because I purchased all of the girls Santa gifts here in Malawi and I don’t want to lug them all to Botswana and then back again – especially since I’ve got a plan to utilize that space to carry back homeschool supplies, lots and lots of books, a handheld mixer and, well, tons of other stuff that I either can’t find or can’t afford here. I also know that the girls will be spoiled by Granny and Gramps and their Auntie who will also be in Botswana for Christmas so luggage space will be at a premium, but I want Christmas to be magic and this is the first year that we have been counting down and that they are both anticipating Christmas morning with so much excitement. I’ve come up with a plan that I really hope works out well.
The Steve Spangler Blog has sent some of their Insta-Snow to my parents’ home in the States and they have forwarded it on to Botswana. I’m really hoping it arrives in time. If it does, the Insta-Snow will be under the tree with a note from Santa himself telling the girls that he’s left a special surprise for each of them at home in Malawi. Boo’s Christmas list this year was:
- A guitar
- A flute with buttons that I can press to make music
- A boom boom drum with sticks
- A sterculia tree
She then asked me if I thought Santa would share a little bit of his snow with her. When it was time to write our letters to Santa and she had to choose just one item to ask for she went with the guitar.
Kook’s Christmas list was:
- A white cake, after a few moments thought she said, “no, no, I want a brown cake.”
In her letter to Santa she asked for a galimoto (a car toy made out of wire). I might have steered her in that direction since I do have some inside information from Santa and I know her Granny will make sure that she gets a brown cake sometime during our visit.
Santa is actually going to bring both of the girls a guitar, a drum and a galimoto. We were able to get them all at the craft market in town and I’m so happy with how they turned out.
The guitars are my favorite. We commissioned them from a local artisan and they have wire strings that you can actually tune. Tell me these don’t just scream rock n’ roll.
The drums are a pretty standard item at the craft markets here and I’ve been meaning to pick some up for the girls anyway. I think they will love their boom boom drums even though they don’t come with sticks. We might have to go searching for some of our own.
And the galimotos are just too much fun. We also commissioned these and the artist made them to look like the Land Cruiser that Dada drives. They can be steered while running at full speed and the doors all open and close.
I love them and am planning to order the picture book “Galimoto” by Karen Lynn Williams about a Malawian boy who makes his own galimoto to go with them soon.
I think Santa has done really well by my girls this year and I am so looking forward to their reactions to these special treats.
We always struggle with internet access in Botswana so this space will lie dormant while we are away. If you are new here your comments won’t show up until I am able to get on to approve them but I’ll look forward to reading them as soon as I can. If you have commented before your comment should show up right away.
Whatever holidays you celebrate and wherever you are spending them, I wish you a happy time surrounded by family and friends and I look forward to catching up with you in the New Year.
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