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Christmas preparations Baan San Fan

21 December 2010 2,608 views 8 Comments

Thais are predominantly Buddhist and if they’re not Buddhist they’re predominantly Muslim, so Christmas is not a big deal here. However, Baan San Fan was funded by missionaries and so Christianity is observed and Christmas is celebrated.

decorations & tree

On Sunday we put the tree and decorations up. Just like when I was little, Dad got out some old boxes with loads of different tinsel and a folded up tree. Also like when I was little the tree lights didn’t work first time. I showed the children how to make paper chains – that’s what Mark (my brother) and I had up in our rooms when we were young. The children really liked it and made some reeeeally long ones. Unlike when I was little, while we all mucked around and made a huge mess we were listening to Justin Bieber on YouTube!

christmas party plans

Like I say Christmas isn’t typically a big deal here and so on the 25th Gloy – Gai & Sam’s son, 16 years old – is going to Bangkok because he has to do some entrance exams for university. In order that he doesn’t miss out we’re having the Christmas party on Friday, 24th, instead. Baan San Fan’s idea of chucking a party is to invite everyone they know to join in as well. Gai has invited neighbours from the Muslim village up the road. Jek – 8 years old, cheeky, hilarious – says he has invited 50 friends from school. I believe him.

Last night – Monday – we had a family meeting and I was sort of in it. Everyone chatted: I could make out Gai trying to reason with the children a bit, the younger ones said funny things, they mentioned me a few times. This was all in Thai so I was reading tone, body language and I understand Thai numbers & “Pi Lucy”. I found out afterwards what the meeting was about. Apparently the children have been saving their money (they get little bits of pocket money) and they’ll be spending it on the party so they all get to decide what gifts and food should be bought. They’ll be getting little or nothing in the way of gifts themselves but they loved getting stuck in to making plans for the party and their guests.

the real meaning of christmas

Honestly, I only thought this kind of thing happened if the Pope or Bob Geldof were in screen shot.

It’s utterly ridiculous: I’m sitting here concerned about how many carbs I’m getting through each day; they’re wondering what cakes & fruit they can afford for their guests.

Gai talks about her faith sometimes and she told me that she wants the children to know to share & take care of others, she’s also praying for help with the party and for gifts for the children. I brought tiny gifts with me but 1) imagine if the only present you got for Christmas was a plastic keyring of Australia… and 2) last year some organised bugger got them t’shirts (when I thought of that I didn’t know what sizes..) so now I’m gonna look like a cheap skate anyway!

I’m going to chat to the contacts I’ve made here in the last five days and see what I can rustle up. Feel free to pray too!

other posts on Baan San Fan


Volunteering at Baan San Fan, Bang Wan, Thailand
Boxing Day, Baan San Fan
Christmas Day, Baan San Fan
Christmas Eve, Baan San Fan
“Pi Lucy”
down to business.. Baan San Fan


first 24 hours at Baan San Fan
toys, books and fun stuff to take to the orphanage
Volunteering at Baan San Fan Orphanage


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