The night before Christmas, we watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. It’s been some years since I watched the movie, and there were a few moments in the story that gripped me afresh. But I just never got around to penning a post in the end-of-year daze. Come NYE, I listened to a sermon that reminded me to write it all down. So here’s my first post of 2018, on journeying through the wardrobe of life, wherever it may lead…
The other day, I was reminiscing to a friend how much I miss the Christmases of my youth, filled with weekend caroling practices, too many mini candy canes and potato chips, writing stacks of cards in sparkly pen, and staying up overnight in church playing Bridge or Dai Dee. Gone are the days when I could stay up all night and still get through another day on adrenalin, Coke and good cheer. After 36 Christmases, I’m no spring chicken 😉
Silent night. The balls of crushed wrapping paper have been tossed into the bin, the opened gifts have been admired and rejoiced over, the boys are sweetly sleeping in their beds. Finally, time to sit and be still, after a day full of cheer and laughter, gifts and feasting, family and friends. Finally, alone.
In years past, our family has planned a month of meaningful Advent activities/crafts that take us from 1 to 25 December. This year, we decided to do something different.
One big reason is that the recent spate of Dottieshop madness has given me very little capacity to plan for the 25 days, so I decided to simplify. Drastically 😉
Another reason for the change is because I wanted something that would bring our hearts back to focusing on just three things this busy Christmas season: Joy, Prayer & Thanksgiving (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Less getting and more giving; less scurrying about and more resting in His love.
And so, I present to you our DIY Advent Christmas Jars!!
Although Christmas Day isn’t, strictly speaking, the actual birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ, it serves to remind us of that occasion, and in remembering, to reflect on its significance in our lives. This Christmas, the weeks and days leading up to Christmas Eve have been full – so full that I have often wondered if I have bitten off more than I can chew! I probably did.
There have been necessary and painful lessons learnt about time management and personal discipline, fun outings with the family, precious moments of insight and wonder, too many blessings to keep count of, and way too many late nights to track. But today, finally, I have set aside my dottieshop projects, wrapped the final gift, and packed our bags for tomorrow.
One boy is napping, the other is doing Lego with his Daddy, and my bread is rising in the kitchen. Now, it’s time to be still.
We got to see snow again – this time, LOTS of it! Well, as “snow” as you can get here on our sunny island anyway… Brought the boys to the recently renovated Snow City at the Singapore Science Centre last weekend, and boy, did they have fun! Actually, I did too. 🙂
The boys had their first experience with “snow” this week! Of course, it wasn’t the “real” deal, but it’s probably the closest they’re going to get to snow for a long time yet. Gardens by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland is nothing short of spectacular, and we were so glad we could enjoy two evenings there last week. Sharing some special moments and beautiful lights captured during our visits, but nothing quite captures the magic of seeing your child conquer his fears and try something new! 🙂
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, Dressed in holiday style, In the air there is a feeling, of Christmas Children laughing, People passing Meeting smile after smile, And on every street corner you’ll hear :
Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmas time in the city ring- a- ling, hear them ring, soon it will be Christmas day.
One of my favourite things to do every December is to make our Christmas cards and wrap the gifts we have made or bought with much love. These days, not many people still write cards, preferring instead to send a WhatsApp message or post a generic greeting on Facebook. But there’s something special and irreplaceable about a hand-written card, which is why I love what I do in dottieshop, and why we make and write our Christmas cards, year after year.
Armed with my new brush calligraphy skill, I was eager to craft some one-of-a-kind cards to be given to loved ones this year. The boys and I made a stack of colourful cards for their little friends last week, leaving me to work on more cards for our adult friends over the weekend.
Finishing twenty(-something) cards in two days is no mean feat, but that challenging task was made possible thanks to the arrival of a huge box of goodies from the generous folks at 3M! I’m excited to share the 20 cards made with the 3M Scotch Expressions Tapes today, as well our review on their extensive range of stationery and tapes (akan datang), perfect for all our Christmas gifting needs. There’s also a special giveaway coming up soon, so stay tuned for that later this week!
Three weeks into the school holidays, and our family has been to LEGOLAND Malaysia not once, but twice! We were originally invited to the launch of their annualChristmas Holiday Extravaganzain late November – what a great way to start the school holidays, right? – but unfortunately, it rained cats and dogs for most of the afternoon and evening we were there.
The boys were disappointed that they couldn’t enjoy more of the outdoor activities, and kept asking when we were going back. Well, thanks to the very kind people at LEGOLAND Malaysia, we were given tickets to visit the park again last week. The boys were definitely all smiles when we told them the good news…