At OneIN this Christmas season, we remember the birth of Jesus and the difference He has made in our lives and in the lives of those around the world who know Him. Our partners in India and Haiti celebrate the birth of Christ this week as well.
India is a country full of customs and different people groups, though, so their celebrations differ from region to region. Some Indian Christians celebrate like Christians in the West, with traditions similar to European and American ones. Some decorate their homes with mango or banana trees instead of fir trees. Others hang paper lanterns shaped like stars between their houses so that people walking down the streets see beautiful stars floating above them. People sometimes decorate with clay lamps and manger scenes. Often, Christians go to midnight services and sing carols and hymns.
In Haiti, Christians also celebrate by decorating with lights and manger scenes. Sometimes they cut trees or tree limbs and bring them into their homes. On Christmas Eve, children fill their shoes with straw and place them under the tree or on the porch. Santa Claus removes the straw during the night and replaces it with toys and gifts. Children often play outside together late into the night. Some people go to midnight services at church. The next day, they rest from the fun of the night before and eat dinner together with family and friends.
This Christmas, please remember your brothers and sisters in Haiti and India as they celebrate. Pray for those who do not know Christ and the peace He brings and pray for the ministry that OneIN has with them. And, of course, enjoy your holidays with family and friends!
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"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of graceand truth."