Deck The Halls [Vietnam]


I love Christmas. I love everything about the holiday, the reason for the holiday, the way it brings people together, buying gifts, food, giving gifts, soft twinkly lights and worship being sung in every coffee shop, restaurant and hotel lobby.

As we enter into our penultimate week of The Nomad MBA a friend and I are organizing the ‘Tribe Christmas Dinner’ – a celebration of our little family and of all the things that this season means to us.

I’m feeling much better after last week’s little hiccup.

After all, I have a party to help organize and a group of willing participants to take part in said party.

I’ve been reflecting on why this is all so important to me. Why a Christmas dinner [that isn’t even on Christmas day] holds such a close place in my heart.

I think it’s because it brings together everything that is holy and wholesome and true and good.

It is the giving of food, the giving of company, the giving of artistic talents and the giving of laughter.

It’s a reminder of things that feel like and are home to each of us and so they feel very precious. It’s a celebration and a marking of time.

Essentially it’s joy.

Joy is what I’ve found among these friends and I’m so grateful. No part of me is looking forward to saying goodbye.

But for now, I’ll focus on the season I’m in, not on the season that’s coming and smile for these friendships and this food all with the assurance that those things that are lasting like love and joy will have no end:

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.

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