How does one celebrate in the developing world? Quite well, actually. My children really wanted a Christmas tree, so I sent a helper up the mountain to chop down a few branches. After that I let the kids and their friends loose on decorating it with fairly good effect. The most important part was the fun they had in decorating it...see the photo.
Actually most people here celebrate with FOOD and lots of church services. Several area churches are having concerts and contatas, very similar to the rest of the world. It's just a little more challenging with electricity issues, finding fuel, etc., etc. But we do appreciate it more.
Tomorrow night we're having a school staff party and all the professors are excited. I hope it is a time of encouragement for them with the mass quantities of food being provided.
So the bottom line, things are pretty much the same here, just more complicated in one sense and simpler in another. We don't have the distractions of gifts & malls & pressures of shopping. That is probably the best gift of all. Merry Christmas ya'll.