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28      Post-Christmas Post

  Christmas might be over, but there are always things to write about.

We never had a Christmas tradition back then. We did not even share a same religion, let alone a Holiday tradition. When I was little, I often asked if we could go out and buy a Christmas tree. I would then be told that it was unnecessary because not all of us celebrated Christmas. In short, I was deprived of Christmas spirit.

The only time I had a chance to release my deprivation was each year I took part in Christmas performance for my Kindergarten and primary school. It went on for years. It made my Christmas because there were Santa Claus and Santa Pete who always looked terribly dark yet gave us tons of candies.

While other kids found out ‘the truth about Santa’ and cried days and nights, I never actually learned about the truth formally nor cried over Santa. I just grew out of it.

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Contrary to my childhood, as an adult, Christmas morning has always been exciting. There are tons of presents to unfold. The excitement of the nights before are some rush! Wondering if I have been good this year.

Apart from that, it is also a time for me to reminisce all the efforts to get to the Holiday itself. The attempts to get the perfect gifts for everyone, wrap them in different wrapping papers and bows, put the present tags and write a name on each of it, then leave it by the tree.

It is incredible how one Christmas is different from another. Last Christmas we went to a cousin’s place and did the Secret Santa. There were no babies but us, adults. This year, she had a baby boy for his first Christmas. Last Christmas we went through a snow storm therefore it took us a good three hours to get back from the Island. There were stalled and skidded cars on the Expressways. Not this year. Although it was cloudy, it was warm out. It felt like Spring all over again.

One thing for sure, each Christmas, there is always food — tons of dishes. This year we had Sweet Ham and Pineapple, Roasted Turkey, Sweet Yams, String Beans with Almonds, Baked Potatoes, Cranberries, Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Shells. To compliment the dishes, there were White Zinfandel, Californian White Wines, French Red Wines. A Christmas dinner would not be complete without the presence of desserts. Cannolis, Cheese Cake, Pound Cake, Rice Pudding, Cherry Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Ferreros, Brownies.

Christmas would definitely be incomplete without the presence of presents. After dinner, we gathered in a family room. Names after names were called. All of us received something and gave something out in return.
We were all one big, happy family!

How was your Christmas?