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It’s the season to be jolly

Sing with me! It’s the season to be jolly! Falalalala lalalala! I just love our family evenings and especially during Christmas season. There are candles, lights and decors all over. So when the evening gets a little bore, I just focus on a decoration and it can take me to wonderful places. Well, I just think about how beautiful it would look in my room, haha.

Well, this evening for family night we had a made-up game, made up by Brother. Those can get a little carried away sometimes, well, mostly because he’s so into music. His made-up games or activities can’t be without some type of music game or music hearing, music making, music inventing, whatever have you. So we had to roll this wheel thing with different letters, while listening to music of course. Each letter led us to a paper that gave us instructions of what to do. His instructions to us went like this…. Make up a song. Sing a Christmas song. Pretend to cry until your next turn. Make everyone laugh. Make a silly face. Write a 4-lined Christmas poem. Write down your Christmas wish. Make everyone guess your favorite song. Do a crazy dance…etc. There are too many to name them all here, but you get the idea.

Mom had to do a dance but she was a little shy. As soon as Dad and Brother took a toilet break, she did her dance. I filmed her and have been able to tease her about it ever since. She couldn’t exactly hide from Dad and Brother either, cause I had it on camera, hee, hee. Now every time I want her to let me do something, I remind her of her crazy dance that I could broadcast (of course, only to the rest of our family). Well, actually I tried that out once and it didn’t work too well because, well, she had plenty of videos of me doing things that I didn’t really want shown all over the place, even just to family.

I guess she had a point there. It’s okay to have fun and tease a little. But there is a time and place for everything. One evening of craziness is great. It’s even good to laugh, play and have fun. It helps us get out of ourselves too. But it’s not to take out at other times or other places or with other people. I wouldn’t like that done to me. That reminds me of the verse “Whatever you want someone to do to you, do the same to them.” It’s pretty smart fitting, if I may say so myself. I’ll think of that the next time I do a crazy thing, hee.

And then we ended our evening watching some “funny videos” of animals and people getting surprised or falling and all that stuff. Some were really hilarious and we had such a good laugh. But some others were just sad, to realize that people actually got hurt from those situations. Well, all I can say is that there is a time to laugh and also a time to cry.

Christmas is a time to be joyful and happy, but I know that there are also some people who are missing loved ones and hurting real bad during this time. God, please help me to be sad with them and bring them some love and comfort.

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The Spirit of Christmas

This morning, Dad and Mom, Brother and I sat comfortably and cozy on the couch sipping our hot morning “coffees” (aka: chicory or hot cocoa). Why? Because we’re on holidays and because Dad and Mom work from home so can choose to get up a little later (depending on what time we all go to bed) and have a family breakfast time. We usually only get to do that on the weekend. And this morning we happened to get on the topic of Christmas. Not too early to talk about it, is what I say!

Usually it begins when we decorate, but that happens only after November 17th, after my brother’s birthday. We made it our family tradition to start decorating then since my brother loves it. I guess it should count as part of his birthday gift, don’t you think? Why does he get all the decorations on his birthday or so close to his birthday? Well, I shouldn’t complain. My birthday comes first which means more chance of it being a warm enough day to do something outdoors. That just opens up way more possibilities of some FUN! Although, we rarely do anything outside because we can’t plan that far in advance with the wacky weather forecast. Oh well!

Mom brings up the topic of Christmas, that’s right! But not Christmas decorations that comes after Brother’s birthday. Not the Christmas lights that Dad is planning to prep the plugs for today or tomorrow or the day after. Not even the Christmas cookies that we can start making already 2 months ahead (that’s cause she already talked about that yesterday while I was doing some cookie baking). She talked, and then Dad joined in of course, about the “spirit of Christmas”. She said Brother and I should start thinking about what we’d like to give or make for Grandpa and Grandma for Christmas, since it’s a time for giving after all.

Every year they get us presents, and when we were young we would make them something too. But since we’ve gotten a bit older now, Mom doesn’t do many more arts and crafts projects with us anymore and so we don’t have anything to give them. She said we can either create and make something, which is giving of our time, or get something with our own money, giving of our things. That is a thoughtful thing to do after all. They do so many special things for us throughout the year. The least we can do is get them a Christmas present.

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Our Family Fun nights

As promised, I will tell you about our family nights. It’s not as complicated as it seems. Just pay attention to the name. Night – because it happens at night, well not at night but evening till night. Family – it’s because we do it as a family. If one of us is not there, it’s not family night. If one of us is sick, we pros pone it to another evening. It’s something we do together because that’s what makes it special. Even though I don’t always get along with my brother, Family night just seems to erase all those things we were upset at each other for, the week, the day or hour before. And we couldn’t have family nights without Mom’s yummy dinners. Our Friday family tradition is pizza dinner. Mom comes up with lots of crazy ways to make pizza. Whole, in shapes or pieces, folded in half, veggie pizzas, sardine pizzas, bean, broccoli, eggplant or egg pizza. You name it and Mom’s tried it, almost. I won’t say they all succeeded in being our favorites, but she’s quite good at it. There’s at least one thing we like on the pizza. Melted cheese!!!

After dinner, we listen out for our next instructions for the evening. Usually we all like to write it down, though Dad prefers not to. He’s got a brain big enough to fit all the games he wants to play that evening, without having to forget about other important things that are already on his mind. Mom writes down her plan, I think just to give her an excuse to draw doodles and decors around it. I write it mine down using the most colors possible. And Brother… well brother writes it down plainly. Family nights are different every time because we take turns planning them and we’re all so different. But that’s the best part of it. Dad, Mom, Brother and I all get a turn to plan the activity, prepare the snack and decide how late we get to stay up. Oops, but it is late. I do have to go to bed. Good night then. I’ll have to finish my activity tales tomorrow.