Monday, January 26, 2009

1st Hair Cut

It was big day a few weeks ago. Siah's 1st Hair cut! To be honest I was a little sad to cut those cute curls, but it was time! He was getting quite the Fro & it needed to be evened out in the back. we had to wait for over an hour before we got in & he did great! He played and checked out the scene of the barber shop. Another man at the shop held him for a while too. Everyone was so nice & couldn't believe how content he was just hangin with me for such a long period of time. He was such a good boy. but then it came time to cut.....& it was melt down time:(

He was mostly bothered by the picking of his hair, because it pulled & hurt. ( you should have seen the pout lip...ouch!) But then the noise of the razor they had to use put him over the edge. he got so scared! I don't know who was more, Josiah or the barber?

But we did it & made a big difference, He was exhausted after we left he took a good nap in the car:) Next time Daddy gets to be the one to go:)
Here are a few pics from that day. The 1st is from that morning. I tried to pick out his hair my self. The next 2 are at the shop & then a few after shots. He is such a lil man with his hair cut:)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Merry Christmas in Ethiopia

I was just reminded that It was Christmas in Ethiopia yesterday Jan 7th. I thought I would post some of their traditions. I love that we can celebrate the uniqueness of each of our cultures. It makes life so much richer:)

Christmas Traditions in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa. It still follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Christ's birth is called Ganna. It is a day when families attend church.

The day before Ganna, people fast all day. The next morning at dawn, everyone dresses in white. Most Ethiopians don a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. The shamma is worn somewhat like a toga. Then everyone goes to the early mass at four o'clock in the morning. In a celebration that takes place several days later, the priests will dress in turbans and red and white robes as they carry beautifully embroidered fringed umbrellas.

In a modern church, the choir assembles in the outer circle. Each person entering the church is given a candle. The congregation walks around the church three times in a solemn procession, holding the flickering candles. Then they gather in the second circle to stand throughout the long mass, with the men and boys separated from the women and girls. The center circle is the holiest space in the church, where the priest serves Holy Communion.

Around the time of Ganna, the men and boys play a game that is also called ganna. It is somewhat like hockey, played with a curved stick and a round wooden ball.

The foods enjoyed during the Christmas season include wat, a thick, spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and sometimes eggs as well. The wat is served from a beautifully decorated watertight basket onto a "plate" of injera.

Twelve days after Ganna, on January 19, Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration called Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ. The children walk to church services in a procession. They wear the crowns and robes of the church youth groups they belong to. The grown-ups wear the shamma. The priests will now wear their red and white robes and carry embroidered fringed umbrellas. .

Ganna and Timkat are not occasions for giving gifts in Ethiopia. If a child receives any gift at all, it is usually a small gift of clothing. Religious observances, feasting, and games are the focus of the season.

I pray the your Holidays were blessed:) Love The Nunez Family