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This update was to have been put up last week but didn't have time ....................
Tuesday, 20th December
I've been married to a Catholic for 23 year and all these years, Christmas celebrations were always held at my sisters-in-law homes . And I have five of them , my husband being the only son with his 5 sisters. Being the only Hindu among my husband's family , it was customary for me to join them in their homes for the Christmas celebrations every year. Of course, my kids and I put up the Christmas tree in our home , visit all the shopping malls to admire the beautiful Christmas trees, play Jingle Bells until I can actually see Santa Claus dashing through my front door in his one horse open sleigh ( don't ask me how ) and have a fabulous time baking gingerbread men cookies for my kids ( I still do ) . In short, I always had a terrific time during Christmas, enjoying all the fun and festivities without any added responsibility of actually cooking and organising a family Christmas lunch. You know how it is, when you don't have to do spring cleaning , cook all the stuff and set table for guests, etc., etc... you just arrive at their doorstep with a goodie bag of cakes and cookies, join the celebrations and don't have to do the washing and cleaning afterwards ? Well, that's what I had been doing all these 22 years ( read my earlier Christmas blogpost ).
It just came out of the blue and even now I'm in a kind of daze. Imagine me, a Hindu organising a Christmas lunch in my home ? For all my Catholic sisters-in-law and their spouses and children ? Why ! I never thought that it would happen! It's such an important celebration for Catholics and Christians alike and I'm in charge of the Christmas Day celebrations for this year ? Holy Lembu !!
Well, after the initial stun-gun effect wore off, I sat down with my trusty lieutenants (my son and daughter la ) and told them ( no room for discussion here !) that we should make this Christmas celebrations the best ever that they've ( my in-laws ) had for a long time. Ya, ya , ya, the moaning and the groaning of extra cleaning chores , washing dishes, etc ., followed for sure. I would have been more surprised if there wasn't !
For starters, it so happened that we had to buy a new Christmas tree this year ( our old faithful tree had to be disposed off after years of service ) So now we have a brand new Christmas tree ( bought it from Bangsar Village II ) to show off. I've given my old collection of pine cones ( which I had painstakingly collected during my stay at Bukit Tinggi Resort a few yeas ago ) a good washing and gave them a new lease of life in a rattan basket .
My children's collection of the Snow White's 7 dwarfs have been arranged under the tree and the large flower pot which I use as a side table has been moved near the Christmas tree.
( its one of those pics which I can't seem to edit to make it upright, so readers will just have to strain your necks to the left ..... ooooopsssss
It was a nightmare cleaning the house and as the days got nearer the house got messier right up to the eve. In the midst of this mess, my daughter wanted us to go to Ikea/Curve for shopping. And so, we took an early morning drive, ( my typical son came under duress or no Christmas gifts under the tree for him ) walked and trudged and walked and lumbered through both outlets with our arms aching and feet limping from blisters . Suffice to say that I won't miss these outlets till probably next year.
One of the most irritating thingy was when I decided to purchase a glass cyclinder vase. There was no price tag on any of the cylinders which came in 3 sizes, large, medium and small. Looked under all the cylinders and couldn't find a single pricetag offer or signages. Went looking around for a sales rep in the awful congested place and of course, when you need them you can't find them or they don't want to be found.............. Then went searching for a pricetag meter and it so so happens that it would be tucked in the opposite far side from where you are., hang on, that wasn't the end. The meter was out of order.. Would you really believe it ? Holy Lembu !! I must have looked like a red blimp about to explode because my daughter and son took one look at me and steered straight away to the paying counter.
Having to stick to my budget and not knowing whether I could afford the purchase of all 3 sizes ( together with the inevitable unplanned and extra purchases I had made ) I reluctantly chose the medium sized one to the counter, which queue was almost snaking till the candles isle, and waited in line , shifting the pressure on my legs every 5 minutes till it came to my turn. After tallying all my other purchases, the cashier finally keyed in the tag for the glass cylinder and told me coolly that the cylinders are sold in sets of 3 only and how much was the cost ?
RM69.90 . Well, could she send the roller skater boys to bring the other 2 sizes as there was no such info when I saw them ? " Ehhh, no, it will take too much time "
Urrrrrggggg, how I wished I could have dumped the cylinder onto her head !
Happy reading and painting
Ps: More pics to come later