'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents' well they got that wrong although it was the oddest Chrsitmas I've ever had!Preparations began the day before as one of the pigs were slaughtered and we spent the entire afternoon going back and forth for waterto the spring ( a 40 minute round trip) to collect water for all the guests comming. I would like to announce my achievement at this point that I can now carry 10 litres of water- though everyone else can do 20 which I can barely lift!)
Christmas day itself began at 6am as the food took all day to prepare and cook on the fire (9 and a half hours!) I helped for a bit but got excused from kitchen duties fairly on as I sliced open my finger in an attempt to peel a tomato!!!! All the adults who weren't cooking attended Church from 10am to 2pm- the service was in Luganda and all I pretty much got from it was that the minister couldnt afford a chicken for Christmas but knew it would be ok as God had told him someone in the Church would invite him for dinner- no one did that I saw. The afternoon was really odd a lot of the family went to the village as they were showing movies and there was a disco and stuff. I had been warned not to go as it would be too dangerous for me as if trouble started which they were expecting I was the only white person around so would be a target. However my Mum called which was really good- all the kids queued up to talk to her! We had every possible relative round at some point and so there was a lot of new faces and strange connections. Some distant relative of Jaja (grandmother's) sister a Torro Prince bought his wind up radio round so I ended up listening to the Queen's speech on BBC worldservice and then had to listen to a VERY boring one sided conversation about how the Torro kingdom cares so much about the royal family and how they are connected untill I was rescued by another family member!!!So that was pretty much my Chrsitmas and now today everything is back to normal.