“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”
-- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
yesterday happened to be Ken's birthday too! i baked him a simple breakfast birthday cake & was so glad that he loved it. we went live-crab-hunting at the mall, real quick, rather disappointed with the price hike though it had to be expected considering it's Christmas Day - but we got ourselves a pretty good deal after looking around for a bit. we headed back home for lunch, stopping by a bakery for a baguette to compliment our crabby dinner! for lunch, we made some honey chicken wings, a simple but delish recipe i've wanted to try out. we were both happy with how it turned out :) of course there were lots of cold beer throughout the day, while i continued making dinner preparations, singing along to christmas tunes~ my favorite one is still the 'Jingle Bells' version by Michael Bublé & The Puppini Sisters :) love it.
dinner was made just in time before my usual relentless hunger pangs. we've always had a quiet dinner for two when we're not celebrating in Miri, but this time we invited his sister & mum over, we had lots of Singapore chilli crabs to share! it's my second time making it - it's one of Ken's absolute favorite. i was truly glad everyone enjoyed it. i'll post an instax we took soon, asap? after dinner, i video-called my family. the kids screamed their lungs out citing christmas wishes, too much candies! the house was full of visiting relatives. everyone looked tired, but so, so, happy. i missed them all.
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” -- Dr Seuss
it's wonderful how weeks of preparations & lots of fun in between mount up to the day itself. i hung the fairy lights weeks ago, in the living room, across the hall, in the bedroom, on the christmas tree. we scoured through little stalls for special ornaments that we could keep for years. on Christmas Eve, i bought a bouquet of fresh flowers from Petaling Street and made meatballs with the brown mushrooms i can't get enough of - telling myself, i may not have much vacation days left this year, but i'll compensate with all the food we love, heh.
i may have said this too many times already, but these wooden nutcracker soldiers are charming. hopefully we'll find more handmade, wooden ornaments next year. the craftsmanship is <3
MERRY CHRISTMAS, wherever you are in the world! i hope this season of love brings joy to you, and that you spend it with the people you treasure the most. if you'd like (and if you do celebrate), tell me how was your day? stay merry & bright, let your heart be light! x