Friday, December 23, 2011


Emmett met Santa a little while ago at the British School Christmas Fayre.

They reportedly discussed motorcycles, forklifts, and Sarah, the triceratops.

Christmas in Egypt is pretty understated.  There is a sizeable Coptic Christian minority still here.  They celebrate christmas on January 6th.  So there is a general awareness of the holiday.  But the Coptic celebrations tend to focus on fasting and prayer, not so much buying presents or Santa Claus.  Also, this isnt a rich country.  The Holy Family, according to one of the gospels, fled through Egypt to escape King Herod, and there are three or four churches around town that claim to be the site where Mary, Joseph and Jesus stayed when they were here.  To the extent anyone talks about Christmas, it's really the basics: baby Jesus, born at this time, fled persecution.  I have to say, it is so much nicer than Christmas in the U.S.  Except the lack of family, snow and traditions.    

Monday, December 19, 2011


Emmett likes to climb on one little pillar, and sometimes announces that he will put on a show there.  Here is one about a farm and a tractor:

Thomas has now also adopted the spot for his shows.