Thursday, December 22, 2011

PNG Jingle Bells and earthquakes

Christmas comes during the rainy season here in Papua New Guinea, and we’ve had lots of rain lately.  And when we have lots of rain, we tend to have more earthquakes.  Most are pretty small, but last week we had a big one - 7.1!  (No damage at our house).  Brian and I were both at work when it happened.  Brian was in the Auto Shop and when he saw the cars up on the hoists start to sway he ran out into the street.  I was doing some Scripture audio recording with two men, and we all stopped and waited in silence as it shook…and shook… and shook some more.  The babysitter told me that Greg slept through it. 

I also had to share a photo of the nativity display that is featured on the front lawn of our store every December.  Gotta love the PNG man in traditional costume, along with the cassowary on the right.  You can’t really see it well, but there is also a black pig to the right of Joseph.  I know that the Jews would not have had a pig in the stable, but in Papua New Guinea they are the most common and most valuable domesticated animal.

Below is a tribute to Christmas rain and mud.  A big thanks to Krista, who wrote the lyrics to the Ukarumpa version of Jingle Bells below, and gave me permission to share it with you!

PNG Jingle Bells
Traipsing through the mud
In another heavy rain
Can't believe this much
Is coming down again
I wish I had a car
To keep me dry today
I don't think I'd get very far
In a one-horse open sleigh

O jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
O what fun we'll have today
If we don't get washed away!

The jingle bells they shine
But I can't hear them ring
The rain falls harder all the time
And I can't hear a thing!
It's not like this back home
Where snow is 2 feet deep
But at least if this were falling snow
We all could get some sleep!

O jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
O what fun we'll have today
If we don't all float away!

When lightning breaks a lull
The thunder really shakes
That jingle wasn't bells at all
But damage from the quake!
Our umbrellas all have leaks
The kids just want to play
It's the fourteenth time they've changed this week
And it's still the second day!

O jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle merrily
Christmas em i narakain
When here in PNG!

And last of all, I just had to share this photo of Greg with Santa, taken at our store’s annual Christmas sale. 

1 comment:

Peanut said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. It's helpful since I will be heading to PNG Jan 2013, Lord willing. I was wondering if it would be ok to use the nativity picture you posted for one of my newsletters.
-Crystal (globalpeanut at