Monday, December 17, 2007

Do they know it's Christmastime...

Lately we've been working on the concept of here versus everywhere else. For instance, a week or so ago Kai suggested that when it is nighttime here, that it is nighttime all over the world.

Um... not exactly my dear, I explained, "the Earth is turning, and half of it faces the sun while the other half is facing away from the sun. So it is nighttime here, but in other places it is daytime."

To which he replied, "that's not what dad said".

Uh huh. I'm pretty sure Keith knows about the whole day/night timezone thing. Something must have been lost in translation. Nevertheless, I can see that this bedtime question comes from a similar place:

Kai: Mom? When it's Christmas here, is it Christmas all over the world?

Me: Yes... well, for everyone who celebrates Christmas, it's Christmas on the same day.

K: Everyone celebrates Christmas?

B: Uh, no sweetie, I said everyone who celebrates Christmas. Some people don't know about Christmas...

K: We should tell them!


He makes it sound so simple, eh?

The coolest part is that I was able to explain to him that his friends Danya and Tima's parents are missionaries in a place called Russia, where they get to tell people about Christmas and Jesus. (I'm going to miss them when they head back next month.) Perhaps tomorrow we'll take a look at Russia on our globe. Or maybe we'll look at the U.S.S.R., because our garage-saled globe is a little outdated. Either way, it's nice to be able to put a real context to conversations like this. And perhaps we can address the whole day/night thing while we're at it.

1 comment:

Kate said...

"we should tell them"
love it!