How I Spent My Christmas

My family is a Buddhist family, so we don’t really celebrate Christmas like how some others do. Things like socks hanging, Christmas Eve dinner, gifts opening and whatnot, neverΒ happened to me. To me, Christmas is just another holiday to cherish.

This year, I came back to home to KL to spend a few days of quality time with the parents. So what happens on Christmas day for me this year?

My day started early in the morning with a customary mother and son trip to the morning market. We bought a lot of stuff today, I had to go back to the car to unload, and then go back into the market to look for my mom again. Epic Hide and Seek Game, 2 times!

Then it is brunch time. We bought a lot of stuff in the market. They’re all grandma’s favorite. Set the food up on the altar for grandma to eat, and then bring the food to the dining table and we eat. That’s how we Chinese roll when it comes to special prayers session πŸ˜‰ .

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And thenΒ mom wanted to cook a nice dinner. Not for Christmas, but sort of replacement for the 冬至 Winter Solstice that was a few days ago because I missed it.

There’s no place for me in mom’s kitchen. When the professional cooks, the noob is relegated to the living room. Time for The Amazing Race marathon!

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Four episodes later, it is time for dinner. There’s four dishes and one soup:

  • Bok choy stir fry,
  • Fried fish fillet,
  • Some egg, crabstick, onions and other things stir fry with lettuce,
  • Braised sea cucumber, fish maw and mushroom (2 plates of these),
  • Soup of apple, black fungus and other stuff.

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Not your typical Christmas dinner, it is a very Chinese dinner. This is in fact something similar to what we will see during Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year Eve.

But I was watching Jamie Oliver’s Christmas themed videos earlier, and he said: “Good food and family, that’s what Christmas is all about!“, so in that sense, I guess my dinner is sort of Christmas-y πŸ˜‰ .

Did all you lovely internet people have an enjoyable Christmas day?

26 Comments

  1. What a good son to follow your mum to wet-wet market! Do it while you still can. I used to run errands for my mother besides following her to market. Now I can only sit and watch her lying on the bed. Sobs!

    Merry Merry Merry Christmas! Are you baking pumpkin pie again??

    • I do my best anyway. I’d like to think that if and when there is one day that I can no longer do these things, at least I will not feel so much regret for not doing things for her when we still can. Same goes to you I suppose, you should feel slightly better that you did what you can when it still meant something πŸ™‚
      LOL I brought the one with me back, that’s about it. Mom’s kitchen is off limits for me. πŸ˜›

  2. That is a lot of food! Add another couple of dishes and you would have a CNY Eve meal! πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading how your family celebrates Chinese New Year.

    I feel like I have been celebrating Christmas for nearly a week now. Turkey feast last Saturday, friends that stayed at our place ’til Monday, Christmas dinner at our favorite restaurant yesterday, and KFC today. I must admit that my body is screaming for me to start eating healthy again.

    • LOL! I’m not even sure if I will be in the thick of action. CNY Day One falls on Thursday this time, I might just make it in time for the dinner πŸ˜€
      I read somewhere that originally, people celebrated 12 days of Christmas instead of Christmas Day, so I think you’re just following tradition πŸ˜€

  3. So Lazy Man takes a break from cooking πŸ™‚ I see lots of food there. Is that brown rice? If I remember correctly, your mum is into healthy food. I had a enjoyable Christmas at home. Incidentally, my post title is the same as yours πŸ™‚

  4. Wow…I see all of you eating healthy brown rice! That bok choy that your mom stir fried…is that specially arranged for you (so that it looks nice in your pic…kekeke!!) coz if I stir fried them, it definitely won’t look like that on a plate πŸ˜€
    P/S: *spoiler alert* wished the girl (with one hand) had won…she rocks coz she can do better than those of us who have both hands!

    • Not for me la, my mom does that every time she cooks an official dinner (Reunion dinner, Mooncake dinner, Winter Solstice dinner) πŸ˜€
      P/S: *Bigger spoiler alert* The girl with one hand didn’t win, but she made it into the final round πŸ˜‰

  5. Went to two new shopping malls near my neighbourhood during Christmas eve but nothing much, just another shopping mall but a must for me every year is to set up my Christmas tree at home, the Christmas tree has been with me for ten years

    • Thanks for teaching me the correct spelling for this! I never knew which is the correct spelling: Christmasey, Christmasy, Christmas-ey, Christmas-y, Christmassy πŸ˜€

  6. How very true, what Jamie says! We do not celebrate in every sense of the word – just went to church, bought simple presents for the immediate members of the family and had a nice dinner, family only, at home. That’s about it. It has been over-commercialized and many fall hook, line and sinker into it but then again, if they like it that way, so be it!

    • Now that’s a very healthy dinner you all had. Looks great! You all had the healthy rice even. Grandma not having rice? I see noodles and bihun. How come you all did not have those?

      • Oh there’s rice and fruits, but we kept those away instead of having them for breakfast, so they never made it to my picture. I did not take picture of the altar, it felt disrespectful to do that πŸ˜€

    • That’s how businesses thrive. Festive seasons are their chances to make big bucks, so they have to go all out to pump up the atmosphere. It’s how the economy cycles though, so it is alright I suppose πŸ™‚

  7. Not a Christian family so of course all of you do not celebrate Christmas, that is understandable. But was it a special day to pray to your grandmother with her special food?

    • Yeah, it was. We were even joking that maybe grandma will appear in one of our dreams to let us know whether she enjoyed the food, and to tell us four numbers πŸ˜€

  8. I guess Christmas has become a very “global” and “universal” festive.. many celebrate Christmas not because of the birth of Jesus but the joy of giving and sharing and probably preparing for the new year.. errr, I know what I say?? haha.. anyway, since it’s a gazetted national public holiday, means all of us are celebrating right?? :p

  9. Aiya same here la.. Socks hanging or cookies+milk for Santa never happened to me too.. Tooth fairy thingy too, in exchange for RM5 or whatever.. I don’t even have presents or Christmas tree, but I make it a point to buy one (fake) Christmas tree to put in the living room next year πŸ™‚

  10. I guess I did have an enjoyable Christmas but then again, shopping with such an immense crowd can be a headache. I was lucky in the sense that the shops I patronized didn’t have people queuing. =P

    • I actually saw a lot of cars leaving KL when I came back last night, but when I went to the market this morning, it was still properly crowded! I was shocked!

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