Posted by: Elder and Sister Hambelton | December 29, 2012

Our Christmas 2012

This year we have enjoyed Christmas much more than last year when we were so new and still bewildered by the new experience. Edinburgh lights up downtown Princes street and has a carnival and German Market leading up to Christmas and lots of tourists. Our Edinburgh Ward missionaries and a few members sang Christmas Carols at St. Mary’s Cathedral at their craft market. It was a festive time.

 

We spent time with the other senior missionaries attending a 17th century Christmas concert,  and a trip to attend the musical “White Christmas” in Pitlochry in the Highlands. Sister Hambelton arranged to visit elderly sisters in the ward, and cooked early Christmas dinners for missionaries and investigators.

On Christmas morning all the missionaries (Seniors and Elders & Sisters) enjoyed a fun Christmas Breakfast. After breakfast we drove to Alloa (about 45 minutes) to enjoy a few hours with our wonderful Stake President and his family. They have really adopted us and it was brilliant to share the fun and chaos of Christmas with them and get a few hugs in from the children (which helped our longing for hugs from our own grandkids). Then home for 4 hours of video conference calls to our kids and grandkids. It was a beautiful and satisfying Christmas!

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  1. Wow what fun! You two are a tremendous example to the rest of the LDS world. Now to hear you are making such great friends and lasting relationships with those you serve with and for is just awesome. Continue finding great experiences and writing about them as your time there is counting down. We are so proud of you and you wonderful accomplishments. You are truly great friends and through this mission experience we have grown even closer.

    Love, Ron & Cheryl

  2. Lovely post!  I loved seeing all the pictures.  So glad you had a more enjoyable Christmas this year.  The decorations and activities look just amazing.  Now i kind of wish we could have come over Christmas!  Looks like you had a little sun that day even.

    Love you, Tara ps- kids got my terrible cold and we are all home from Church.  It’s a good day for it- combined 3rd hour and Bishop gone as well.  Oh well.

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  3. Hi Ben – Just a quick note. It was fun to see the Christmas pictures from your mission. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s New Years Eve here in a few hours and we were reflecting on that new years we spent at your apt. in Logan so many years ago with you and Patty and the Burleys. Great time and fun memory. Time does get on. Hope all is well and that you have a wonderful new year full of great health and good times. With love to you and yours – and wishing you much success in your work. Ron

    On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 6:02 AM, and mine angels round about you . . . wrote:

    > ** > Elder and Sister Hambelton posted: “This year we have enjoyed Christmas > much more than last year when we were so new and still bewildered by the > new experience. Edinburgh lights up downtown Princes street and has a > carnival and German Market leading up to Christmas and lots of tourists. > Our”

  4. Happy New Year to you! We drove down to Darrin’s for 3 days and just got back. Loved your pictures – all the sights of Scotland, yummy looking food, singing, Lynn would love the German market, pictures at the mission home (I think), etc. Tis cold here and have small amt. of snow on ground. Take care. Enjoy your remaining time and thanks for all the great pictures. I love seeing where you are. Love, Lahna

    On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 6:02 AM, and mine angels round about you . . . wrote:

    > ** > Elder and Sister Hambelton posted: “This year we have enjoyed Christmas > much more than last year when we were so new and still bewildered by the > new experience. Edinburgh lights up downtown Princes street and has a > carnival and German Market leading up to Christmas and lots of tourists. > Our”

  5. Elder and Sister Hambelton….looks like you are totally enjoying this part of your Mission. Oh …how we missed the German Christmas Markets this year and the way they celebrate in the UK…but we enjoyed being close to family and of course the Mormon Tab. Choir and real powdery snow. So glad to see your progress in your service there. We are missing the winding roads through the green countryside and quaint little villages all nestled together. Enjoy the beautiful people of the UK and every moment…as these will become treasured memories. Happy New Year! Love from all the Fleming’s

  6. Another great post. What wonderful memories and treasured relationships you are creating. I know they must all love you, how can they not? So glad you had a wonderful Christmas in that beautiful area! We send our love to you.


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