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Christmas in PNG

November 6, 2010

Christmas in PNG

“What are the Christmas customs in PNG?” This is a question that I am frequently asked, especially this time of the year. Since Christmas is only celebrated where Christianity has been introduced, there are no long standing traditions for most of PNG. So, a typical celebration just involves special or extra church services, and maybe a large community meal consisting of their everyday food items. Sorry, no turkey and dressing served. 🙂
Here in Onobasulu land, Christmas means the Christmas Crusade. Think maybe something half way between family camp and camp meeting revivals. People from all over the language area, come for a week or two of special services that happen all day long.

How can you celebrate with Beverly and the Onobasulu People? Here is a list of 26 ways:

Why 26? The normal 25 with the added 26th since I work in country that celebrates, Boxing Day, too. It’s a mix of things that I would use personally and items that I would take with me to the village. Try to use flat rate boxes or envelopes, as they have the most economic postage rates. Mail needs to be sent by late November or very early December, as mail travels slowly to PNG! Thanks for supporting my ministry in this way.

1. A letter, card, or post card (don’t have time or money to send a package? I would love to receive a letter or card. Any mail is special).

2. CDs (any music I’ve been missing?)

3. DVDs (what is new, or what is your old favorite?)

4. Books (read anything good lately?) Devotional or recreational books or Magazines (recycle your old ones to PNG).

5. Ziploc bags (various sizes and styles- so great to have a nice assortment).

6. Good band-aids (various sizes).

7. Scented candles (just nice to have in the house).

8. Stickers.

9. Pencils both colored and plain; erasers & sharpeners, too

10. Crayons (small boxes are best or the extra thick less breakable crayons are great too).

11. Coloring books (large pictures of animals or other not so culture specific pictures Or Bible stories).

12. Oil of Olay active hydrating lotion for sensitive skin.

13. Terry cloth slippers, ladies size 8

14. Face paints

15. Cross Stitch supplies

16. Large beads (not seed bead size) and string for necklaces

17. printer cartridges: HP 02 black & HP 02 color set for HP C7250 and
HP 74 & HP 75 for HP C 5200 series more of the black ink than color

18. battery for Sony CyberShot (DSC-W220)digital still camera

19. special memory card for Sony CyberShot

20. special thumb drive adapter for the memory card for Cyber Shot

21. craisins or other dried berries

22. pecans or almonds

23. Riccola cough drops, or other herbal cough drops

24. Solar re-chargeable lamps

25. Used, but still working watches or clocks to share with teachers and other co-workers

26. Pictures of you, your family, or just blank photo paper for me to print photos on

Could you guess what was for me myself, and what was for work, you might be surprised. I have a more personal list that I can send you via email, if you are really interested in something just for me.

Where do you send the box?

Beverly Mosley

PO Box 1 (619)

Ukarumpa, EHP 444

Papua New Guinea

Note: new address

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