18 December 2015, by Mandy Loh

My Grown-up Christmas Wish

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!

Brotherly love means sharing your ice-cream with mei mei

Brotherly love means sharing your ice-cream with mei mei

Enjoying milo dinosaur together

Lovely sibling moments: Enjoying milo dinosaur together…

Watching videos together

Watching videos together…

And acting silly together!

And acting silly 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!

4-Generation family photo!

4-Generation family photo!

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 just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this year.

Our 5th wedding anniversary celebration in September. The bottom left picture is my gift to Tim: a paint-by numbers painting of the Greek Islands (where we went for our honeymoon), which I spent 2 weeks working on.

We’ve come a long way, baby… 5 years ago, we were young and starry-eyed as we embarked on our lifelong adventure together.

Taken in 2010, pre-wedding casual photoshoot

Taken in 2010, during our pre-wedding casual photoshoot

5 years and 2 kids later, we are older, (hopefully) wiser, and definitely a lot more tired. Haha!

5 years and 2 kids later...

Recreating the same shot for our 5th wedding anniversary, with the products of our love in between us now. How cute is that?

I wish for more patience, energy and joy as a mother, and that my children will have happy memories of their growing up years.

Loving my munchkins

Loving my munchkins, and hoping they love me as much too!

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! 🙂

Posted on : December 18, 2015

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