Christmas Cards in the Mail and Staff Christmas Gifts Bought!
Hi, Friends! After a couple of very late nights, the mega Christmas Letter was finished and e-mailed Tuesday to our US newsletter helper in Peoria. The photo cards had already been sent to her by my sister. Amazingly enough, Phyllis was able to get 200 cards addressed and in the mail that same afternoon! Now, I just sent it out electronically to 73 people who weren’t on the “real” letter list. Glad that that’s done. Here’s the card for those of you I don’t have an address for. (The letter was a compilation of many of my blogs, so if you’ve been reading my site already, you’ve basically read the Chr. letter.
Then, today I went with Mayotte to Miragoane, a nearby port town. They get many ships coming in with containers of merchandise so you can find a lot of good buys there without having to go all the way to PAP. I was in search of affordable, useful Christmas gifts for the 120 people on the clinic staff. We didn’t buy gifts last year since we weren’t here (we were in Nigeria with Felix’ family). I was surprised at the increase of some prices but on the whole, I was able to get what I was looking for at a good price (ave gift price US$2.50!). I bought umbrellas, thermoses, stacking food storage bowls, sets of 4 glasses, sets of 4 plates, perfume, large glass serving platters and clocks. We will wrap them tomorrow. The party won’t be until next week since some of the staff was in a seminar this week.
It was fun to get out of the clinic for a few hours and shop! I even picked up a few things for the family, including a stuffed Barney and a set of small racing cars for Matthew.