18 December 2015, by Mandy Loh
Hooray, its my favourite time of the year again – Christmas!
I really love the Christmas season, with its gorgeous decorations and lights, joyous carols, and most of all, the parties! Being an extrovert, I relish this time of year when everyone winds down from work and there are lots of opportunities to catch up with friends and family.
One aspect that I don’t really enjoy as much, though, is the focus on Christmas presents. You see, gifts have never been my love language, and even when someone asks me what I would like as a present, I can hardly think of anything. I guess its part of growing up; material things just don’t bring me much joy anymore.
Recently, I watched a very good video on Facebook by AJ+ that describes how buying too much stuff during the holiday season is a bad idea. I totally agree. Not only does consumerism make us spend too much money, it also adds clutter to our lives, and eventually causes waste and a strain on the environment.
So, as described in this beautiful song “My Grown Up Christmas List”, my grown-up wish this Christmas is not for a new handbag or mobile phone, but simply for more love, joy and peace in this world.
Beyond the “world peace” cliche, personally, I also wish for more love, joy, peace and fun in my family:
I wish for Cristan and Caris to always love and take care of each other, and to have lots of fun times growing up together!
I wish for good health for all my family, especially for Ah-Tai (Cristan’s & Caris’ great-grandma) who just celebrated her 94th birthday!
I wish for Tim and I to continue growing in love and mutual respect for each other, as a strong, stable marriage and a happy family is the best gift we can give our children.
We’ve come a long way, baby… 5 years ago, we were young and starry-eyed as we embarked on our lifelong adventure together.
5 years and 2 kids later, we are older, (hopefully) wiser, and definitely a lot more tired. Haha!
I wish for more patience, energy and joy as a mother, and that my children will have happy memories of their growing up years.
Lastly, I wish for everyone to be filled with joy, to find their happily-ever-after, to chase their dreams and live their lives to the fullest!
Merry Christmas to one and all! 🙂