Joy to the World

Hearing that our Irish friends will soon be going home across the pond, I decided to throw another international party.  This time, it went holiday style.  After all, it was December 1st.

The decor was a little bit Christmas around the world and a little bit vintage sweet shop.

I chose to invite families this time, not just women, and we wound up sharing a few special happenings.

For a few minutes the party happily became a celebration for Faith and Sal, who were married 21 years ago on the first day of December in Baghdad, Iraq.  Happy anniversary!

Faith and Sal cut their anniversary cake.

Some of the guests got a cooking lesson as Tippy from Thailand introduced us to roti, a yummy Thai flat bread.

Tippy’s son fries the roti while Noah from Zambia, Oscar from Guatemala and Tippy’s American husband Michael converse in the background.

Tippy tells Miriam from Germany and Sandra from Guatemala that she likes to put sweetened condensed milk and a little salt onto the roti, then fold it up and cut it in half with scissors.

Tippy’s other son gave us a Kung Fu demonstration!

Fa la la la la, la la Hi-yah!

Sydney and Tanner were happy to have friends of theirs here to play with.

Sydney with her Irish friend.

Chien from Taiwan with two of her children and Tanner.  Several little hands found the cookies they brought, and they were gone in a flash.

Lots of candy disappeared too.

Kerry was happy that there were men here to talk to.

Kerry, Sal.

He was also pleased to see that there was plenty to eat.

Sandra from Guatemala displays her fabulous chicken salad embellished with mixed veggies. Essie from Zambia tempts us with a tin full of Walkers shortbread.  Not exactly the most African of desserts, but we don’t care!  I want another cookie right now!

Faith’s phenomenal curry beef and rice with golden raisins and almonds.  Just a hint of curry.  Just right.

Judy from China with the scrumptious pork and teriyaki sauce that she brought.

Miriam offered some delicious German sweets: stollen (powdered sugar-covered fruitcake), and lebkuchen (chocolate-covered gingerbread)!

This beautiful glass plate came with her from Germany.

I provided this tray of sweets from various countries. When Miriam noticed the chocolate wreath cookies (schokoladen kranze), she told me she used to string them on the tannenbaum.  It’s a common tradition.

I need to learn how to say “YUM” in several languages.

I was tickled that once again we had people from so many lands and cultures gather at our home.

Seen here for the first time are Judy’s husband Andrew, Faith & Sal’s son Brad and his girlfriend Britney, and Fiona from Ireland.

Chien and Faith.

Me, Tippy, Miriam, Essie, Judy, and Fiona.

Having met a few people since my international party in August, natives from a total of 31 countries and two US territories were invited to these get togethers.  Just in case anyone is wondering which ones, here’s the crazy long list:   Brazil   Canada   China   Egypt   England   France   Germany   Guam   Guatemala   India   Iraq   Ireland   Japan   Jordan   Kyrgyzstan   Lebanon   Mexico   Netherlands   Philippines   Puerto Rico   Romania  Russia   Slovakia  South Korea   South Sudan   Spain   Taiwan   Thailand   Trinidad and Tobago   Ukraine   USA   Wales    Zambia

Half of the places on the list were represented. If everyone I invited had come at the same time, we would have had to quickly move to a bigger house!

Once again, I’m grateful to all those who did make it here on that very busy December Saturday.  Here is one more token of my appreciation.

Brad takes a bag of goodies for his family to share when they get home.

Sandra and Oscar.

Have a lovely holiday season!  Whether you’re celebrating or not, there sure are a lot of pretty lights to see, and many reasons to be joyful.


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