It’s finally feeling like Christmas!!

 

The festive season is upon us……shops, malls and homes are festooned in red, white and green……for me, it’s the favourite time of the year……the chilly evenings and mornings adding to the air of festivity, anticipation of celebrations and time spent with family and friends….the sweet treats, candy, cookies and cake…

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I make my own Cards ……so for a few days, i was busy cutting, block printing and sticking paper to make them…….also planned on making cookies and some savoury eats….and cake of course…. the planning begins in November……however, like all best laid plans, they go awry….some due to my own fault……and sometimes things just get out of hand……the panic and falling to pieces is all part of Christmas……it wont be Christmas for me, if everything moves on like clockwork!!

This year, K and I will be celebrating at home……we couldn’t make the trip to Bangalore to join Amma and my brother’s family….work and other commitments have kept us very busy……so its bittersweet……while I love doing up the house, cooking and having friends over….sometimes I just wish I could be with Family….that’s what festivals are all about right??

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Its not Christmas, till I put the tree up….and between all the things that were driving me crazy,  I stayed up one night till 1.30 a.m to get the tree decorated……I couldn’t bear another day in a bare home……as I stepped back to watch the lights on the decorated tree……it simply tipped forward and fell flat on the floor……for what seemed like an age, I stood there….teary eyed, as I watched the decorations scattered on the floor, the tree with the lights still blinking, asleep……on the ground!! For a second I wondered if I should turn off the lights and deal with it in the morning……but I couldn’t bear to wake up to a mess……so I took a deep breath…..and got to work….first to untangle the mess of beaded garlands and fairy lights….and pick up all the baubles that got flung across the drawing room!! I stayed up till 4.00a.m, but I was finally done……just the sight of that made me feel so much better……next was to tackle all the other stuff that was overwhelming me……both for work and for the festivities….. putting my management training to use, I drew up a time quadrant to plan my work….to do lists make my life seem so much better!!

christmashamperLast Year’s Goodie Hamper for friends and family…..Viennese butter cookies, muruku, rich plum cake (store bought) and eggless date and fruit cake

I realized that fretting over time that has gone by, wont accomplish anything…yeah I am a dim light bulb sometimes!! Last evening I made some mixed berry/ raisin and cashew cookies (recipe coming soon) and as I sit here to type this up….the rich fruit cake I have attempted for the very first time is baking….filling the house with an amazing aroma……I have a fudge to finish!! And then am all set…..yesterday was K’s turn to turn a year older….he always feels ill on his birthday and this year was no better……tho he isnt as bad as last year!! We’re having a smallish combined celebrations tomorrow…..

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To my dearest friends, family and readers, I wish you, the Joy and Peace that Christmas embodies………wherever in the world you are, have a wonderful Holiday……Love and Happiness always!!

 

 

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Mallika says:

    Hope it was fantastic. Wishing you and your family and peaceful and prosperous New Year.

  2. Swapna says:

    Hi Dear, we had a grand Christmas holiday in Jaipur….. Hope u had a great time too…Lovely decoration and great cards…

  3. vij says:

    Happy new year! may this year bring you lot of happiness and success in life. Everything you wish will happen this year. Have a blast. god bless!!!

  4. Madhu says:

    I guess u had a lovely Chirstmas…Wish you a Happy new year!

  5. Raaga says:

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  6. redchillies says:

    The decorations look pretty and festive. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  7. Karishma says:

    Wow..that read like a lot of work but looked worth it in the end :-)…Wish you, K, and your families a wonderful, merry merry X’mas…enjoy your day at home (we’ll meet when you’ve got your breath back from all the extra work you’ve got!). God bless!

  8. Priya says:

    Merry Chirstmas n Happy new year to u…

  9. Soma says:

    MErry Christmas to you & Happy new Year!

  10. sig says:

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and K! Also, convey my birthday wishes to K, hope he feels better in time for the celebrations..

  11. Srivalli says:

    Wonderful decoration Aru…Wish you a very happy Christmas…enjoy!

  12. Sunshinemom says:

    How pretty and festive your house must be looking right now! Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year!

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