Saturday, December 22, 2007

The True Meaning of Christmas

Xmas at Lyrical Lemongrass' home

I panicked momentarily as I assessed my workload and looked at the calendar. 10 days to Christmas. I had forgotten how close Christmas was. And my Christmas tree wasn't even up yet. I rushed out and bought lights to replace the faulty ones from the previous year.

xmas at LL's home

7 days to Christmas and my tree was finally up. I crossed the task off my list.

xmas at LL's home

The base of the tree was bare, save for a couple of gifts from friends. Gifts. Panic. I had not bought gifts yet! I let out a curse.

xmas at LL's home

Massive last-minute shopping. Traffic jams. Crowds. Bah humbug.

xmas at LL's home

Cookies. Check.

xmas at LL's home

And even now, 3 days before Christmas, there were things that I had not done yet. Calm down. Take a deep breath. Adrenaline pumping.

xmas at LL's home

Stop. Enough, I said. It's time to enjoy Christmas.

I let peace wash over me.

xmas at LL's home

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto
them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall
be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly
there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Have a blessed Christmas everyone, and cherish the true meaning of Christmas.

The good people of Abu Dhabi may view the pictures HERE.


Argus Lou said...

What a wonderful, nostalgic series of pictures, Lyrical! The snowman in the falling snow is so cute. A blessed and joyous Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Nags said...

lovely lovely pics :)
A merry Xmas to you!

Henry Yeo said...

so where do you want to go and eat on boxing day?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

argus: thank you. :-) I like the snowman pic too. :-) And hope you have a wonderful christmas, even if your family is far away.

nags: thanks and have a great christmas too, nags! (p/s that's a very nice profile pic you have there!)

henry yeo: boxing day is spent with the family. merry xmas!

sunita said...

I agree, sometimes in all the rush, we tend to forget the true sentiments behind a festival. Have a calm and relaxing Christmas :-)

catsndogs said...

the cookies looks nice .. can i taste some of it.. :P

Kenny Mah said...

Hehe, my dear, why the rush? Xmas is a time for relaxing and chilling out, no? At least that's the way it's gonna be for me this years... O bring on them carolers! :D

Big Boys Oven said...

Merry Christmas Meena! & A Happy New Year.

Precious Pea said...

Merry Christmas to you and Bald Eagle.

teckiee said...

Merry Christmas LL =)!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sunita: thanks, I plan on doing that! hehe.

catsndogs: ahem. after all that meat you ate last night, can still eat somemore meh? :-P

kenny mah: rush => when you have 20,000 relatives who all celebrate christmas, you'll understand the rush. ;-) The good thing is that I'm done, so I can get back to my sleeping. woohoo!

BBO: Thanks guys, and a merry christmas to you too!!

Precious Sista: Looking forward to our own celebration this Friday!! Merry Xmas to you and your family, dear!

teckiee: Merry Christmas to you too!!! *hugs*

sc said...

merry xmas to u too lyrical lemongrass! lovely pixs..somehow reminds me of winter though there's no snow in msia ;p

Kenny said...

less than a day from now...
Merry Christmas^^

MamaBoK said...

I love the little scrapping on your pictures..! Merry Christmas to you and yours.. :)

Kopi Soh said...

Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Jackson said...

Merry Christmas!! Wow...u must be spending a lot of time in decorationg yr house and doin these photo editing!! Lovely and warm picture!!

Nic (KHKL) said...

Of worry and fear
When the mind is unclear
Worry not, my dear
For Christmas is here.

Of giving and sharing,
In this world we are living,
Peace, we should be making
And love, we should be spreading.


barbie said...

Where did u buy that snowman, the one with falling snowflakes in ur pics? I want, I want! So cute... Feels good to be home for Christmas as well, right? Merry Christmas again, in case u didnt get the ecard I sent! :p

MeiyeN said...

wow.... absolutely nice pics, very meaningful indeed! Happy Christmas to you and bald eagle! :)

Honey Star said...

Hey lyrical lemongrass,

Wishing you & your loved ones a xmas filled with a Ho-Ho-Whole lotta happiness, cheer,love and good food :)

Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sc: hehe. fake snow, not real. :-P

kenny: merry christmas to you too!

mamabok: yeah, feels all christmassy, doesn't it? hehe.

kopi soh: thanks, dear, and a blessed christmas to you and your family too!! You've been through a lot this year.

jackson: I just had to wait for some time when Bald Eagle was out of the house to do all the decorations coz the man can get in the way sometimes. :-P

I love your poem
It brought a smile to my face
The truth is apparent
I should slow down my pace.

'tis better to give
As you've rightfully told
Peace, love and goodwill
These three we must hold.


barbie: that snowman has been in my collection for years already. not sure where i got it. probably from a travelling salesman. haha. and thanks for your wishes, dear. i received ur e-card. *hugs*

meiyen: thanks, and a merry christmas to you and your loved ones too!!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

honey star: thanks, sweetie! Have a wonderful christmas too!!

tigerfish said...

Thanks for this lovely piece and Merry Christmas to you too! :)

ekeng said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you..Wish you and your loved one have a wonderful Christmas and good year ahead :)

Best Wishes,

wenching & esiong said...

Wishing you a merry merry Christmas! The cookies look delicious! The photos are nice!

wenching & esiong said...

The cookies look delicious! The photos are pretty, thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas!!

daphne said...

that's a good looking tree!!!

Have a blessed Christmas!

zianeyee said...

merry Xmas & a happy new year
( but we Xpect da turkey u know )
late also never mind , in

Cynthia said...

A blessed Christmas to you too my friend.

wmw said...

Happy Boxing Day to you...see you soon for another round of celebration!

Jason said...

Merry Christmas dear :)

Bernsy said...

Merry Christmas, may God bless your entire family...

msiagirl said...

Hee hee got to see your lovely christmas tree ;)

m said...

hi, been reading your yummy reviews for a while and think its great! recently tried out your new link but thot i'd feedback that it doesnt seem very stable and also has a tendency to launch into some advert page, so much so that i cant even read the blog at all today. = (

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Hi m

I've been doing a whole bunch of tweaking on my new site today, and perhaps that is why you've been seeing various shapes appearing before you. I apologize. If you still have problems seeing the site, please drop me a personal email. Cheers.