When the Ambon English Teaching Assistants were handed a Santa costume and asked to participate in the church’s yearly festivities, they jumped at the chance and invited a visiting ETA to help. By the end of Santa’s visits in the mountains, the climbing had left her beard very sweaty, but that only made this Santa thankful that beards belong on real Santas — and not his female ETA impostors.

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“Our Christmas festivities this year included the terrifying Om Pit. As the story goes, Om Pit comes to kidnap the bad children and put them in a sack. The designated Om Pit actors come and scare all the children, and then Santa comes in to tell them how to improve their behavior…’Harus rajin belajar, jangan melawan mama dan papa…’”
-Leah Smith, May May Kaufman and Dana Ziegler | Ambon, Maluku


“We walked around to different houses and handed out the presents.”
-Leah Smith, May…

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