The National Christmas is not until the 7th of January in the country so the holidays just stretched on for me. They have adopted some western holiday practices like the Christmas tree and lights, but most people don’t decorate. The main tradition here is to get together with friends and family and eat a bunch of food. They have been on a vegan fast for 4 weeks, so there is a lot of meat being served. Everyone buys chicken, sheep, goats and cows at the market a few days before hand and then you can hear them bleat and cry all over the city. I was invited over to two houses for the day. I ate a lot of spicy chicken wat, boiled eggs, and injera. I was also given a lot of coffee. Both houses performed coffee ceremonies where you are given the traditional three rounds of the drink. Popcorn and a special type of bread was served at the houses as well. Needless to say, I was very full and very caffeinated that day.