The very first Christmas away from home was a hard one for me. It was also a hard one for my mother-in-law who lost her husband that year. She actually flew out to Novosibirsk to spend Christmas with us.
We attended an extremely conservative Baptist church that also housed the seminary where Jon taught at. The women all wore head coverings and no one wore make-up. It took me a while to get used to but at least on Sunday mornings we all got ready super quick....didn't have to do much to my hair or face!!!