How I Celebrated Christmas

It began with a very usual morning. I woke up with Amaira (my daughter) digging , pushing and pulling me ! I attended her diaper-ish needs, followed by brushing battles and then her hungry stomach-ish needs till her baby sitter relieved me for the next 2 to 3 hours, after which she leaves and Amaira finds her way back to me.

Christmas morning like I said, was like any other typical morning. Everything was buzzing as usual. However there was one difference. We had a Christmas tree in our living room.

Our Christmas Tree

A small , cute tree that my husband decorated and Amaira was so mesmerized by. She practiced the words “on” and “off” every time he switched on and switched off the lights. He bought a whole load of bells ,Santa , gift hangings, foam stars and pretty much stuff that probably made him happier than the rest of us. He also got a reindeer head band ! Our little princess wore it and danced around in glee !

Amaira’s “Reindeer” headband

Soon another unexpected thing happened – two children from our society appeared and announcingly questioned “Ye Amaira ka ghar hai ? ” , meaning “Is this Amaira’s house ? ” All her subjects answered in affirmative. And then the children handed over one Christmas sweet each – unwrapped, bare, in sweaty and dusty hands ; and probably touched by a handful more children downstairs before they found their way to “Amaira’s house” . In all probability, the children must have opened a great packet of assorted sweets, chomped a few right there, grabbed a few, dropped a few and the remaining may have been assigned for the distribution in the name of Yuletide spirit !

Sweets of love

They are a specimen. No one is going to eat them though , but they are a symbol of love and acceptance Amaira has received with her interactions with all these children. Most of them are much older than she is – they are 8 to 12 year olds and Amaira has only 4 of her  “age mates” who are 19 month – 24 month olds. I am assuming all these little kiddies were blessed by the elderly lot !

Talking of presents, we couldn’t wait to open them ! Quite literally. So my husband’s T shirt was worn, my stationary set was used and Amaira’s gift books were opened and read 2-3 days before Christmas.

Amaira’s Gift books for Christmas

Wrappers were recycled too. We did open a brand new chocolate bar on Christmas morning. Something had to be unwrapped. Ritter Sport – I love it – it had come in a package from Germany and we all devoured it.

All in all these small little things made Christmas special – we also made a home made sweet.

Favorite Pictures from November

Some of my favorite pictures from November were pretty easy to pick. I almost knew they were my favorites the minute the entered my mobile camera !


  1. Ginger Plant – One of the very many plants that my in-laws grow in thier garden ! They love gardening and we love consuming what they grow.
Freshly dug out ginger

2. My sister sent us this picture – my brother plated this dessert for her when she visited him in this restaurant that he works in. By the way – he is the chef’s favorite.

Tiramusu Dessert – yum !

3. Another one courtesy my sister – she attended her friends wedding and there was this cute photo booth or a decor area alongside the celebrations. She was amused by it and so were we .

Wedding decor

4. I was learning how to use my iPhone camera in a better manner. So there was this short tutorial which was demonstrating how to use focus by tapping on the screen.  I wanted to try it immediately, and the prettiest object to focus on my messy desk was the idol of one and only baby Krishna !

Baby Krishna

5. Almost half of October my daughter was eyeing other children’s tricycles and even climbing on them in an attempt to ride. It made me realize that it is time for us to get one for her. Little did I know that the one I ordered online is going to be a DIY assembly ! So here we are – myself, the princess and our staff – the 4 of us assembling a tricycle !

Quartet assembling a tricycle !

6. The fruits of my hard work bore and came the mighty impressive Zodiac sign journals. The Sagittarius Journal is all pretty this month !

Sagittarius Indian Journal