Are You Ready For Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas? (or the Holiday)

That’s the famous lines seemingly being asked by everyone this time of the year.

Honestly,  I don’t know how to answer this as I have a different perspective of being ready.

Yes, our Christmas tree is up. FYI, in the tropic country such as Indonesia, people normally goes with the plastic fake tree not real ones.  I miss the smell of fresh ones though.

When I was little, Christmas was all about performances in Sunday school and our church. Mothers would dress up their kids in special – usually newly bought – Christmas attires which meant lots of itchiness for me from my puffy skirts with laces and bow ties for the boys.

Christmas shopping? It’s not a huge part of my upbringing. For us, Christmas presents are mostly for kids. I had beautiful childhood memories of Christmas when I was little of course but that custom changed as I got older.

Christmas means a whole month packed with family and church activities. Christmas celebration here, Christmas celebrations there…and by celebration I didn’t mean the Christmas party where we watch someone else drank a little too much and attempt to belt out some Christmas tunes on top of a table. No, it was more of a religious celebration. A lot of prayers, a lot of singing Christmas carol in Indonesian language. No booze served.

Last year I still managed to push out some Christmas cards that went as far as London and Down Under to Australia for friends and families. This year, I’m skipping this part. Not because I’m lazy, not because I don’t want to. I love getting Holiday cards in the mail – nothing beats that in this e-cards era. I just failed to ‘get-ready’ for Christmas.

This Christmas personally mean I am so thankful to have both parents at home. Their health has been a big concern for us lately so to see them smiling and getting better by the day is just what I wish for this Christmas. My heart is singing joyful tunes because of this, not from the boxes of presents brightly wrapped and sits under our Christmas tree. The true presents lies within my heart.

So, are you ready for Christmas/Holiday? 




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    • Maureen
      December 21, 2011 / 11:41 pm

      I keep telling myself year after year that I will be more prepared for Christmas but usually I’m not lol. Thanks, my friend!

  1. December 21, 2011 / 12:36 am

    Thanks for sharing your Christmas story….I’m not totally ready yet, but getting there. Still have a bunch of gifts to wrap and would like to clean the house. For some reason, I feel like I need to have a clean house for Christmas. Maybe that’s because my mom was the same way. 🙂
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    • Maureen
      December 21, 2011 / 11:42 pm

      Oh I can relate on that cleaning before Christmas. We do that here too since we will have a lot of families/friends coming over 🙂 May yours be a wonderful one, Maria!

  2. December 21, 2011 / 4:24 am

    Love this post. The true gifts “lie within my heart” – very beautiful!

    • Maureen
      December 21, 2011 / 11:43 pm

      Thank you Sheri 🙂

  3. December 22, 2011 / 3:20 am

    Merry Christmas……. Pheww….. I am not sure if I would be ready. We are going to have the party at our house this year. I am planning to make Indonesian yellow rice (as my hubby loves it, however, he is afraid to asks for it often, knowing that a lot of preparation needed to make this dish along its side dishes, so, he’s so thrilled when I told him that I am going to make it). Still one gift to get. Just finished getting all the toys for our boys yesterday (had to make 3 trips to Target and one trip to Hyper Mart). And last nite when hubby decided to take all of us for a ride to see the Christmas light, we stopped at the mall close by our house. Matt visited Santa, and told him that he wanted a bike for Christmas (Oops… was not in my shopping list. He still has one from Christmas 2 years ago). Still have to bake some cookies for the neighbors, and looking for mistletoe. Hope you have a nice Christmas.

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