Mingi Karama :: Many Blessings in Swahili

November 26th


Advent begins Sunday; I’m honoring the holy time before Christmas by sharing a project each day. Some will be crafty, for others you’ll need a spatula, notepad or just a sense of humor. I’ll also be sharing holiday family traditions and wise words that lift my spirits this time of year.


Unfortunately, the holidays often make me blue. My expectations don’t come near reality. Instead of falling into the season depression trap yet again, this project is geared toward reminding me of all that I have to be thankful for — including my faith, the Christmas season and friends and family to spoil in celebration.

(Plus! My goodness. I’m spending Christmas in Santa Fe with my family and the New Year in Malawi with Matty! Giddy, oh sweet giddy, up.)

This baby hat, for example, was completed on Sarah’s recent visit. It was given to a new baby boy expected to arrive in January. Liam will be the first child of my dear friends Mike and Sam. I cannot wait to meet him and to squish his baby toes and smell his little baby noggin. A quick cotton knit cap is one of the simplest knitting projects for a baby and yet the practicality and tenderness of this gift always produces plenty of “ooooohs.”  Look for the pattern later during African Advent.*

I would love to hear your traditions, recipes, handicrafts and way of celebrating advent, Christmas, another faith or simply the season.

Mingi karama,


*If you are on twitter, look for the label #africanadvent.

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3 Responses

  1. It reminds me of a little squash blossom. Very beautiful. Good luck during your advent blogging. I look forward to it.

  2. I expect lots of photos from Malawi….

  3. Hey – That hat looks familiar! So glad it will be going to a sweet new baby. You will have a great time in Santa Fe. Have you been before? Go to Bandelier or Tent Rocks if you get a chance. (I’m not sure what the weather is like in December… too cold to go hiking?)