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Have Yourself a Merry Little Jessmas…

For my birthday this year I decided to throw a Christmas party for my neighborhood. As most people do not know the date or even the month when they were born in my village, it was easier to explain that I wanted to throw a party for Christmas than for myself. Plus, after years of Christmas overshadowing my birthday, it was nice to steal the spotlight for a change and share my favorite parts of the holiday with my family here. (Read: paper snowflakes, Christmas tree, presents, burritos, temporary tattoos, stickers…basically just your average traditional Christmas party.) Of course, photos were a must. (Huge shoutout to Phoebe for taking most of them and helping with cooking, cleaning, petit management, etc.)

Pt. I: Decorations

First of all, I finally took the “no snow” issue into my own hands:

 

There was also a Christmas tree with wrapped presents, which ended up posing some confusion…

For the entire week leading up to the event, I struggled to explain the concept of a burrito to my family. Eventually, I used some fabric (to represent the tortilla) and then explained that you add a bunch of stuff to it and then roll it up and eat it.

Fast-forward to the day of: I invited my mom in to see all the decorations. Upon seeing the Christmas tree, she proclaimed: “Burr-ri-toh.”

Close, but not quite.

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“Burrito”

 

Pt. II: Temporary Tattoos & Stickers

To explained the concept of temporary tattoos here, I described them as “American Seefa.” (Seefa is what they call the designs they paint on themselves for holidays.) Unsurprisingly, they were a big hit.

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The children were a huge fan of my outfit and all wanted pictures with me. (Also balloons have recently penetrated the market here, hence the necessity of including the ballon in the photos.)

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Let the wild rumpus begin.

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Demonstrating how to put on a temporary tattoo. (Alternative title: Counting to thirty with children in Fulfudé.)

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Showing off the new tats

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A rare photo of me in my natural habitat.

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Pt. III: Burritos

Did I make over 50 tortillas in one day? Yes. (Probably never ever doing that again, but I’m definitely an expert now.)

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Before: Tortillas, guac, rice and lentils, eggs, and mashed potatoes. Not pictured: Mexican hot chocolate and cakes.

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My burritos bring all the alhajis to my house.

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Babas and burritos: the future of Chipotle.

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Oumarou, my landlord.

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Jeannette and her burrito.

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Phoebe and my counterpart, Amadou Bello

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A rare posed photo of Cameroonians smiling.

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Round 2: Dadas and burritos. (The men and women eat separately here.)

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My village mom is the other one in the middle.

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Ha ha. Burritos are funny.

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Miriam manga and Miriam petel.

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Possibly one of the cutest babies.

Signs of a successful hosting? I made way too much food. Fortunately, the petits ate everything that was left after the party ended.

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American seefa” decorated the petits/ All the burritos, the babas and dadas did eat/ As the twilight fell, the nasara cried into the remaining light: A Merry Jessmas to all and to all a goodnight!”

*mic drop*

 

 

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