Wednesday, December 26, 2012

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Hey ya'll 

The end of 2012 draws to a close and just like that in one month we've lived through several holidays and at least 1 end of the world scare! But the end of the year is for more than just great meetups and the occasional treat, its also about reflecting upon what you've done during the past year and to ponder on some of what you might expect in the coming year. But its still a little too early for that and there are about 5 more days of December for us to do so.  Meanwhile, its Boxing Day and that means time to wrap out all those wonderful Christmas presents from their carefully packaged boxes!!! (seriously though, Boxing Day was traditionally the fascist part of the Christmas tradition where "servants and tradesman would receive gifts from their superiors".. but I digress). Christmas shopping was a little tight this year on account of all the unforeseen expenses during the course of the year but I daresay I managed, somewhat, to get everyone a little something. A shower gel set from The Body Shop for mom... a pendant for my sister... novelty tie for dad,   and so on and so forth.

Of course even my little animal friends were not excluded from the season's festivities! Cookie had his first taste of a Christmas party away from home and though he had more than his fair share of excitement and treats I think part of him must have been yearning for the soft comforts and serenity of his hammock here at home. Ray and I did not exchange presents this year because we were both short on cash after getting gifts for everyone else but we agreed that our trip to Sarawak at the start of next year would compensate in some way for that. I did, however chip in some cash to get him the much anticipated compiled publication of Marvel's Avengers vs. X-Men which he loved very, very much. We  even turned the air-conditioning down real low while we sipped hot chocolate and watched Bewitched pretending that it was snowing outside!

It seems, however, that Christmas was indeed the season for giving as I did receive several gifts this year! Not many, I will admit, but what they lack in quantity they sure made up in terms of thoughtfulness on behalf of the giver. My cousins, for instance, all chipped in to get me this real nifty polaroid camera, and a pack of 10 films!!! I know I will definitely be using these in Sarawak! And my sister got me this little bird toy  which has been re-appropriated by Polly, to whom it bears a striking resemblance to.  All in all it was not the grandest or more extravagant Christmas I've had, but summarily still a very pleasant one.  And I really can't ask for much more this year! I've not always gotten everything that I wanted in 2012, but the things that I'd got were always the ones that really mattered; confirmation from Australia of the candidature of my PhD, tons of animal friends who love me, and of course, another year spent with the people I love.
This year's Christmas Presents were shared with everyone!
"I didn't know you got another bird!!!" Polly.
Merry Christmas one and all!!! 

1 comment:

Brittanie said...

Merry Christmas Cyren!

This is beautiful! And that leggo piece is WONDERFUL! Did you make it? Very very cool.

Wishing you and your family the best of everything this coming year and forever and always. *Says hi to Cookie*