Christmas chaos and beyond

Merry Christmas everyone! 

Christmas has come and gone over here, and we’re into the last few hours of Boxing Day (which is NOT a holiday over here), but hopefully it’s not too late to wish all you readers out there 🙂

It’s been a rather busy few days and the home has yet to be back to its usual order yet (not that it has much order these days actually). 

Christmas this year has been fun and enjoyable, mostly, but with several hiccups involved. Mainly the the gift preparation department. Pfft. 

As usual, I had lotsa ambitious ideas, and wanted to be able to offer gifts to most, if not all, my church members. What did not cross my mind though was the fact that the church I now attend isn’t as small as the one I grew up in. 

So, in other words, we set ourselves up to do impossible things. And that made us lose sleep as well as miss most of the Christmas service at our church. Not a good thing. Sigh. 

Things we made as gifts this year: 

  1. Herb salt (used already dry herbs and mixed it with Himalayan rock salt and garlic powder)
  2. Pandan kaya (if you don’t know what this is or have yet to try it yiu absolutely must!) 
  3. Shortbread cookies 

Here’s a pic of the jars of herb salt we gave away.

Forgot to take photos of the pandan kaya and shortbread, but the gift packaging had a similar look and feel anyway. 
This year, our Christmas tree looked the best of all the years we’ve been married. And with the most presents under it since we kept the discipline of opening gifts only on Christmas morning itself (which we didn’t use to observe when it was just me and Deric in the past haha). 

All this is probably because our youngest family member is extremely excited about the colours and lights on these trees. We got him to help us set the tree up with its decorations this time. No glass ornaments, so it wasn’t a problem. 

As for his Christmas present, we got him a drawing board that has both a blackboard and a whiteboard surface. It was from Ikea. He loved it. 

Gifts for Deric and myself were bought as a symbolic thing only, just to teach Jamie the idea that each family member deserves a present and that we all need to be part of the gift giving ritual.

We could have done more on the spiritual front though. We read him the Christmas story of baby Jesus and all that. But perhaps we should emphasise it more in the future. 

Or perhaps, I shouldn’t sweat it, and just let him grow up a little more before we share spiritual truths with him. 

I also regret not having been able to have some personal reflection time to contemplate the significance of Christmas and my relationship with God. Hmm. 

Anyway, I gotta run now. But here’s one last Christmas pic from me of our tree at home and the presents around it. 

Christmas cheer

Christmas draws nigh. Every shopping mall I visit these days is decked in eye catching decorations to convey a sense of holiday cheer.

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The larger than life teddy and accompanying tree make me feel like a mere gift meant to lie underneath the tree in anticipation of Christmas.

All sorts of Christmas paraphernalia are out for sale. Cutesy toys, tree decorations, candy enough to make all your teeth fall off. Well, you name it.

Aside from the fact that perhaps all the buzz is detracting us from the true meaning of Christmas (possibly material substantial enough to be the subject of another post altogether), I would like to point out yet another interesting fact.

Red, green, white - the common colours everyone associates with Christmas.
Red, green, white – the common colours everyone associates with Christmas.

Behold, the following…

For those with a remote chance of owning real reindeer, behold the illusionary reindeer shaped lights!
For those with a remote chance of owning real reindeer, behold the illusionary reindeer shaped lights!

Now, don’t you think that this lights decor with an outline of a reindeer looks an awful lot like an outline of THIS equally fantastic creature:

Introducing our very own local reindeer species :D
Introducing our very own local reindeer species 😀

Haha. Okay. TTFN.