On January 7th we celebrated Gena (Ethiopian Christmas) with our best Ethiopian friends.
Ethiopians don’t celebrate their Christmas with trees and Santa Claus. They celebrate with family, friends, and food. Kind of makes you rethink your priorities.
For this Gena we gathered at our Ethiopian friends’ apartment. We ate a traditional meal, drank the best fresh roasted coffee I’ve ever had (and I don’t even like coffee), and debated foreign policy. The kids played hide and seek and tried to sneak tablet time when we weren’t looking. It was a nice evening of just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
We are SO thankful to know these friends. I’m thankful my adopted children have role models who look like them, speak their native language, and can help them understand where they’re from. I’m thankful my biological children intimately know people from another culture and have an understanding that not everyone lives like them. And I’m mostly thankful for their delicious cooking.