Only 3 days left to Christmas!… And even if the weather doesn’t make us feel incoming celebration (in Palestine late autumn and beginning of winter, bring to mind rather our european spring..), there are few signs of the Feast and the commonly known symbols can be seen around 😀
We’ve started with the presentation in Palestinian Children Art Centre (PCAC), concerning the catholic Christmas in our origin countries. On Thursday (02.12) we visited PCAC to describe european celebrations and encourage palestinian children to decorate with us paper christmas trees. As we were 3 members of Hebron Team from Norway, Poland and Sweden, we introduced our little friends to our culture – customs and beliefs related to the Christmas Time. We let them understand symbols of these Feast – Baby Jesus, nativity scene, Betlehem Star, shepherds, the Magi, angels, christmas tree, Santa Claus, presents…
Of course the biggest fun was to decorate paper christmas trees, as children were divided in 4 competing and very creative workgroups 😉
Workshops with our little friends from PCAC exceeded our expectations – children were so enthusiastic, active, creative and smiling!! In the same extremely polite and welcoming for us, ready to listen about our european culture… Once again they proved how open-minded and tolerant is the palestinian young generation.
We’ve liked a lot our experience in PCAC, and so, decided to repeate it in some way in our apartment. This time, idea was to bake some christmas gingerbread with our Hebron Team and two swedish friends – Cecilia and Ellen, who are active in women organisation, also based in Al Khalil. We’ve met on Sunday 14.12 and worked hard… At the beginning on „classic” christmas forms, while after on rather original gingerbread design – the check point 😉
In Hebron almost doesn’t exist (at least, oficially..) christian community, so it’s almost impossible see any festive accent… Whereas in Jerusalem, in the Christian and Armenian Quarter, preparations for Christmas are clearly visible 🙂
As all the EAPPI volunteers are going to spend Christmas in Betlehem – global epicenter of Christmas celebrations – hopefully hundreds of beautiful festive pictures will be taken, showing one more face of this multicultural, magic Palestine! 🙂