The lights are strung up on the tree, and now it's time to move on to preparing the decorations! I had to ship most of our decorations from Japan. Despite the shipping costs, I'm grateful that the 100 yen shops (like dollar stores) throughout Japan go all out for Christmas and have every type of decorations imaginable. I was also able to pick up a few more ornaments at a local bookstore, along with the Christmas tree, here in Siem Reap. However, I had no luck tracking down ornament hooks, so the BEA elves, also known as the BEA students, helped me thread string through each one to get them ready for hanging tomorrow afternoon. It's the very first time our kids will be able to celebrate Christmas, but I was still astounded at how excited they were to prepare the ornaments. I can't wait until tomorrow when they get to hang up the ornaments on the BEA tree! I don't get as much time as I'd like to spend with the kids since most of my time is spent on policy-making and training, so this was such a special afternoon for me!
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides English language education, leadership, and job skills programs to underprivileged youth from well-trained teachers in a safe, clean and professional environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nicole is BEA's director.