Well, we had our first Christmas in the Netherlands. On Christmas Eve we traveled to Rotterdam to a Christmas Eve Concert and picked up Elder van Overbeek and Elder King to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us. On Christmas Morning, Sister Hinchcliff and Sister Raun joined us as bright and early as the train schedule would allow. President and the Elders drove to Lieden to pick them up at the station. We all had a Christmas Morning Breakfast of Eggs Benedict. Afterward we watched movies and enjoyed snacks and treats. Sister Hinchcliff contributed some candy to the table of goodies.
Elder King, Elder van Overbeek, President, Sister Hinchcliff, Sister Raun
They were passing the hours until they could Skype with family. We started Skyping at 5:00 pm Netherlands time and 9:00 am Utah/Idaho time.
Everyone stayed the night and left bright and early the next morning to join their Zone for a service project and then they all had District meeting and got back to work. The life of a missionary!
Christmas in the Mission Home
A gift we gave ourselves. A handpainted Delft Bleuw Nativity Set
Finally, on December 26, we opened our presents from home.
We love you, Merry Christmas!