Hello and welcome to another Yuletide silly season bedecked with holly, love, family, laughter, alcohol, food, carbohydrates and fun (not necessarily in that order).
A long long time ago (think Star Wars lights as you read this), when I was younger, Christmas was a completely different occasion for me.
It was a time when I would spend time with my “other” family.
Dad, his wife (not Madam Mummy), stepbrother, stepsisters, half-sisters, Big Sis, cats, dogs, chickens, what have yous got together during this time of the year (and this was in Malaysia).
We were a big family with 7 kids under the roof from 3 families. Needless to say, it was hectic, loud, boisterous and at that time in my life, very interesting.
Flash forward 20 years and things have certainly changed.
I am older and wiser and despite a few hiccups and set backs this year, I think we are finally in a pretty good place in life.
Gone are the days where my sisters and I would hang huge pillow cases at the foot of our beds waiting for it to be filled up on Christmas morning.
Gone are the days that if we didn’t get to bed, our maids would tell us that the Boogeyman would come get us, and we’d scream and giggle and go to bed like good little girls (just in case Santa was watching).
Life was a lot simpler back then 🙂
What hasn’t changed is that Christmas is still one occasion I try really hard to make work.
I absolutely love the silly season. I love consuming the delicious food and addictive alcoholic beverages.
I love spending time with family (new and old) at home and in Malaysia.
Most of all, I love building fresh new wonderful memories with the Boy and I.
This year, I think we’ll be keeping Christmas and New Year’s pretty simple.
We will spend our Christmas day with family, join the annual mad throngs of bargain hunters Boxing Day morning at 5.30am and have an absolutely smashing boozy day with our friends!
So to all my wonderful readers, I would like to say, no matter what Christmas and New Years’ mean to you, I do hope that this year, you would be able to look back at the year gone past and be able to laugh, smile, cry happy tears and just have a warm fuzzy feeling of “Thank God I am alive to experience another tremendous year ahead learning new things in life”.
So dear silly and happy readers, what does Christmas remind you of and how has that changed for you this year?
Please remember as you party and drink, be responsible but most importantly stay safe. For those travelling during this silly season, drive safely and arrive safely. If you’re drinking, please do NOT drive!
Lots of love,
I-Hua and the Boy.
I’ve never celebrated Christmas much, partly because I’ve spent most of my Christmas’ in China and we just got used to that. Even though we’re in Melbourne this year, there’s no Xmas tree, no holly, no presents, no Xmas ham etc. It’s a bit sad…maybe next year, I’ll put together something special and surprise my parents 😀
Really? I think because of my odd family structure Christmas was always a big part of my life, and then nothing and then again! Hahaha I never make much sense by the way! Have a great Christmas!!
We love celebrating Christmas, and since we’ve had kids it’s been even more fun (ie/ now I have an EXCUSE!) Thanks for sharing this year, hope you guys have a great festive season!
PS – I didn’t invite carbohydrates to the celebrations this year but I’m pretty sure he’s coming along anyway!
This carbohydrates needs to be sternly spoken too I think!
Merry Christmas to you both. Eat, drink and be merry. 🙂 xx
You and Al both as well!! See you in a few days!!! xx
Sounds perfect, darling I-Hua, and I hope tomorrow and Boxing Day (and everyday thereafter, if possible) is as wonderful and filled with love and laughter as you’ve dreamed! Wish I could by there to join you in the boozy day with friends, even though I’m an incredible lightweight and would probably be dancing on the roof after one cocktail 😛
You will be here for other drunken naked Jelly Bean party activities though 🙂 Have a lovely Christmas dear Hannah!
*laughs and laughs* I love how you’ve come around to accepting and promoting the Naked Jelly Bean Party! Man, my powers of persuasion are golden…
By accepting, if you mean refusing to accept reality, and by promoting, you mean we shall never mention it again, Sure! 😛
I think your thesaurus is wrong.
It’s my thesaurus.. so it can’t be wrong 😛
Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends! I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you too! 😀
Merry Christmas to you and Mr NQN too 🙂 Here’s to more adventures and eating in 2012!
I can’t imagine how it must be to be with six other children. even with my sister, i feel that i’m half nuts. teeheehee
merry xmas msihua. 😀
Happy Christmas to you to Miche!
Such a sweet and lovely post! Well, for me, I guess this time of the year is always about being with loved ones and that hasn’t changed. A merry belated Christmas to you.
Thank you 🙂 Hope you have a lovely little break to share with your family 🙂
Your christmas decorations are so cute! Love the little Santa’s! 😀 Hope you got some bargain’s at boxing day sales!
Hee hee.. I like cute things 🙂 Not really, but I got a really good mat 🙂
Ihua, this post is just divine. Truly beautiful 🙂 I so appreciate it. I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you created some lovely memories for you and your future hubby 🙂
Aww thanks Heidi 🙂 Hope you and your future (few weeks to go) hubby have a good one too 🙂
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