Thursday, December 16, 2010
There is so much I love about Christmas, but if I were to pick my top favs, it would have to be: Love of family/friends during the holidays, The Smell of our Christmas Tree, Celine Dion's Christmas CD, and knowing the TRUE meaning of Christmas...I would even add that I love sending out our Family Christmas Card b/c as I write the names of all our loved ones on the envelopes and send them to all four corners of the world, I feel so GRATEFUL!
We are DEFINIITELY on a sugar high this December, but there are too many creative activities that involve candy and chocolate. This one is our favorite - gingerbread houses and trains. As you can see, we go for whimsical (vs. perfection) theme in our home.
Monday, December 13, 2010
One of our favorite Singapore Christmas events is TANGLIN SNOW.....the kids throw on their swimsuits and dance to rock and roll Christmas tunes and wait for 7.30pm when the bubbles start in a tropical winter wonderland of fun! This year was extra-special because HIATT cousins were in town. Perfect cousin fun!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
We love having Mike Daynes as a friend in the entertainment business, he is so generous with free tickets to cool shows. We went to the WALKING WITH DINOSAURS show at the Indoor Stadium. It was a theatrical extravaganza - we learned all about the various eras of the dinosaurs and watched them as they went about their daily dinosaur days. It was quite unbelievable how huge and realistic these animals were in the show!
Friday night we went to the newly-opened Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We enjoyed dinner at the restaurant RISE - kids' favorite was the chocolate fondue. After dinner, Zadie and Niko went home with our helper Alma. Then I had a special date with Ethan and Ella watch RIVERDANCE. It was an amazing event with Irish dancing, music and song. Very delightful show! We went with our dear friends the Daynes, Liberatores, Southwicks, Robisons and Lessers.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Mateo's side of the family is part Swedish and he grew up celebrating Santa Lucia in his home. We have continued this tradition and since Ella Paris is our only princess, she gets to be Santa Lucia EVERY year - she loves it! We gather and sing Santa Lucia and eat our favorite Swedish abelskivers.
We went to the Danish Seaman's Church at Mt Faber to enjoy the Annual Danish Christmas market. The church is a gorgeous black and white house. We loved it! We enjoyed our favorite abelskivers, beautiful Danish decorations, and the kids made lovely candle holders to bring home. Ethan was surprised when he learned Mateo was part Danish and he said, "You're telling me I'm American Filipino Swiss and NOW I'm also Danish??!! What else are we?!"
The kids love choosing a Christmas tree here in Singapore - where else in the world can you shop in December in shorts and sunglasses? I love watching Mateo and the kids decorate our tree. Nearly 15 years of marriage and I still love watching Mateo decorate....he IS Mr. Christmas!
Our Christmas Traditions have started already - singing carols as we light our Swedish advent candles, chocolate advent calendars (thanks Debbie!) and a new one this year introduced to us by the Gickling cousins - the Elf on the Shelf. We named him Jingles and he's watching the kids every day to check if they are naughty or nice. At night, he takes off to report to Santa and returns to a different position in the house. Very effective!