Since this is our first Christmas here in Kenya, we have been thinking a lot about traditions. I think it helps to consider what Christmas really means. There are a lot of different traditions all around the world. Living without a lot of the ones we are used to, and with others which we are not familiar, really gives us the opportunity to consider what God would have us do.
Having said that, I want to share with you a tradition that is very common in many parts of Kenya, eating goat.
Goats can be very expensive here in Nairobi. There is not a lot of open land, and lots of people who would like to eat goat. Now, the basic rules of economics do not always apply here because there are many factors that your mind refuses to deal with that affect the economy, but sometimes supply and demand work as you expect. So for the goat roast here at the hangar they had one of the up country pilots load up two goats in the cargo pod below the plane and fly them here.
Then the goats were slaughtered right on the hangar floor. It is a really bloody mess, having a drain nearby helps a lot. There are some pictures in the gallery that are probably not for the weak stomached or younger viewers.
I have noticed that for most Americans, we are completely separated from the food chain. We never grow or kill anything. We hardly have to wash or cut much. We go to a store and buy prepared food, warm it up, and serve. It does save a lot of time.