Posted by: Simon & Becci | December 19, 2011

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Well, I can dream. After 33 years of Christmas in the cold of northern Europe, it is very strange to be preparing for the festive season in the heat here – I got sunburnt today! Christmas is nowhere near as big a deal out here as in the UK  – in fact 25th December for most people is a normal working day. However that is not preventing a large number of trees, Santas, reindeer and, most bizarrely, snowmen making an appearance across the city.

Santa pays Phnom Penh an early visit but regrets his choice of clothing

Many Cambodians do “celebrate” Christmas but think its all about presents, decorations and eating too much. The fact that it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and all that he came to do for us is far from their minds – so maybe Cambodia and the UK are not that different after all.

Street decorations

We celebrated Christmas in style in the church this Sunday with a special service full of songs, drama, games, food and celebration (no pictures though – we forgot our camera!). It wasn’t quite the “traditional” carol service as no-one has heard of “Silent Night” and afterwards there was rice and curry instead of mince pies. Maybe an idea for Jubilee Church Coventry next year?

Our Christmas "tree" beautifully decorated by Becci

This week we are excitedly preparing for the arrival of Becci’s parents, Tony and Yolanda, who land on Friday and are coming to visit us for 2 weeks. We saw them for Christmas overseas last year too – having travelled to Poland to visit them amid freezing temperatures, snow and flight delays. Its weird to think how much has changed for us in the 12 months since then.

Thanks for reading our blog this year – we want to wish all of our blog readers a very Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year.



  1. Happy Christmas to you too Simon and Becky. It has been wonderful reading your blog.

  2. I love the idea of curry after the guest service 🙂
    Hope you guys have a fabulous tropical Christmas and a very happy new year.
    We’ll toast you at our all night mario-kart-a-thon on NYE… (maybe even try and organise a race with you guys over the online play?)

  3. Just need to ask: Becci, will Yolanda be bringing her portable hot water heater with her? Have you prepared her for the “tea” experience when out and about? Rochelle x PS: YES YES YES a New Year Mario Kart a thon – we’ll be up til silly o clock playing, well, the boys will…

  4. Wishing you both a very happy if slightly unusual Christmas from our Anglocentric point of view. Our Christmas service here at Jubilee Coventry was amazing! Many blessings, also from Hugh, Sue

  5. Happy Christmas to you both. Thank you for sharing your experiences on the blog, it is certainly giving Helen and I a lot to think about. More deep fried frogs for Christmas dinner? Al

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