Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Good tidings of great joy...for all people


I received this very unique Christmas card and ornament from Papua New Guinea. My cousin Jason and his wife Kellie are missionaries there to the Tobo people. I found Kellie's explanation about the ornament touching.

"One day as I was sitting in a hut with some of the women from the Tobo Church, we got on the subject of traditions. One tradition that they just thought was SO funny was our American tradition of putting a dead tree inside our house at Christmas time and decorating it with "balls" and hanging things.

"Once the laughter finally died down, I explained that the ornaments we hang on the tree remind us of places we have been and the special people who had given them to us.

"The Tobo women made this miniature replica of the string bags they weave and carry their food and babies around in for you to hang on your tree, so that you may remember them and know that you have fellow brothers and sisters in Christ celebrating Christmas with you this year!"

The idea that these tribal people were celebrating Christmas too warmed my heart, and it struck me how the angel's message, some 2,000 years ago, was being carried out.

 Fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10, 11)

May you and your family have a Merry Christmas, or as the Tobo people would say, May you and your family have a merry "Yesu Winneyep Muat Nalia" (Time of Jesus Birth)


If you would like to read more about Jason and Kellie's experiences with the Tobo tribe in Papua New Guinea, they have chronicled their contact with the tribe since 2001 at  Kellie writes most of the postings, complete with pictures.  It is an amazing look at how the other half lives.


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