On the Sunday before Christmas, we invited friends out for a carol service. We invited all of the expats we know in Mae Sot, but also invited Burmese and Thai friends. Since many carols are already translated, it was a great opportunity to attempt a multi-lingual worship night.
I spent the morning with Pyo Pyo, Nyein Nyein, and Pwe Pyu Hey—three women from the community who I had invited over to bake with me.
It was a great opportunity to hire them for a short time and make all the cookie-baking more enjoyable for me! I am really loving baking with the neighbors and my kitchen-related Burmese is doing pretty well!
We made 21 batches of cookies and managed to decorate about a six dozen of the gingerbread cookies. We also set up outside, cleaning up all the trash, hanging up Christmas lights, and melting candles to the concrete walls around our house. I also put small candles into cup lids (like from a fast food joint, where you can just push the candles through the straw space) so everyone could hold the candles without wax dripping on them.
We then had a great turnout from the neighbors and quite a few expatriates. It was loud with talking and chatter, but lovely. The neighbors that can read tried to follow along with the Bible readings and songs, which was really great.