Sunday, December 26, 2010

Santa is late this Christmas!

Santa was supposed to bring a bicycle each for my daughters this time around. But he didn't arrive in time for Christmas. The snow was perhaps holding him back. His assistant managed to deliver some chocolates with the glad tidings that Santa will come with the promised presents in a day or two. We don't have the Chimney for Santa to slide in, nor the stockings on the door (the cycles wouldn't fit in anyway!). But each year, Santa watches how the kids behave and brings sweet things they desire.

Does my daughter believe all this? Well, she likes to believe, though she knows that it's her mama and papa who play her Santa each year. I like the idea of Santa too. My parents gave me no such illusion. But the image of santa riding the reindeer sled through snow flakes and across skies, carrying gifts for children world-over, sliding down the chimney with his big fat belly on Xmas eve, leaving gifts in pretty stockings...well, some imagination, but I think children like to go with it, just like they love fairytales. And of course, they grow over it with time.

I had a lovely christmas with family and friends at my in-laws place - kids dressed as santa claus, christmas tree all decked up, twinkling stars & serial lights, bamboo crib with baby Jesus and the rest of the cast watching-over, a feast with rich plum cake, white forest, mom-made mushroom & cauli-flower biryani, pepper chicken not turkey (cooked on firewood for that smoked flavour), FIL-made naturally fermented nutmeg wine (2008), chocolate & butter-scotch icecream topped with apple and banana...and the works!

The only sad part was that Becky, my 2 year old, was unwell and couldn't enjoy it much, although she did try to play along. She's getting better though!

I'm now looking forward to the New Year. Hoping to start with a bang! Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2011!

This is in continuation to the comment I posted on Aparna's Blog. I should perhaps say "inspired" cause I've been so un-inspired and tied-up for the last 11/2 months, drawing a nil on my blogpost. So thanks Aparna, for bringing this post out of me :D


Jon said...

It's always good to see the grown up kids forcing themselves/pretendin that there is a santa. I just remembered the movie 'Life is beautiful'. It's good that we believe there is a superpower watching over us.

Biriyani cooked in firewood..woww..

Rama Ananth said...

Lovely post. Good to know you had a very nice time with your in-laws. I am glad to know that your daughter is getting well, and with arrival of the much awaited cycles from Santa she going to be up and bouncing.
I knew your work must have kept you very busy to blog.
Take care.

Sandhya said...

It is a happy feeling to believe Santa is there, even for us, I feel!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, RGB to you and your family!

Unknown said...

how sweet was that..great that u had an awesome Xmaz..i did notice that u were not around..
happy new year!

keep writinG.

Bikram said...

Oh how is the little one now .. is she well...

I have a splitting headache and gained a stone in weight so you can guesss how my christmas was :)

I alse been praying to Santa to give me a Big FAT bank balance and a Tiny SLIM body and request him not to MIX the two up like he did last year


Shilpa Garg said...

My tummy is growling...that's an elaborate Christmas feast! :)
Wishing you and your family a very happy and joyous new year!
Cheers :0

Kavi said...

Here is a message of happiness and joy this christmas & for good tidings to follow !


Insignia said...

Glad you had a blast of a Christmas. Hope Becky has recovered :)

Aparna said...

Wow! It seems you had a really good time unlike me!
We bought a giant tree five tears ago and all these years we used to have fun decorating it. Then we changed house. And now the same grand tree gets on the way. It completely overwhelms my small drawing room.
This year we went out to have wonderful dinner. My husband who was touring came back in the afternoon and we made him terribly guilty about working on the Christmas day.
Your kids look all excited and happy. I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year ahead. God bless.

Nona said...

You are right! Santa is a concept.

Well, I couldn't wish you for Christmas. So, here is it. Happy New Year! :) (well in advance)

RGB said...

@ Jon,
It's good to keep the child in us alive, always! Life is a lot more fun that way, don't you think?! It was the pepper chicken that was cooked on firewood for that smoked flavour;P

@ rama,
Thanks, yes I had a good time :) Baby is getting better and bouncing back to her usual naughty self!

@ Sandhya,
Yes, the ring of "jingle bells" brings with it the spirit of christmas and a smile on our lips, whether young or old :) Thanks for your warm wishes!

@ Madhu,
Yeah, had a lovely christmas! And sure will try to keep the blogs coming more often, so more people notice when I'm not around ;P

RGB said...

@ Bikramjit,
LOL! And hope Santa heard you:D
Too bad about the headache...I know how awful it can get! Backy is doing much better now, thanks:)

@ Shilpa Garg,
And we've been OD-ing so much on rich plum and rum-berry cakes that say "cake" and I'd perhaps vanish;D Thanks for your wishes and wishing you and your family a very happy new year too!

@ Kavi,
Thank you and wishing you the same :)

@ Insignia,
I did, I did! And yes, Becky is doing much better, thanks :)

RGB said...

@ Aparna,
I do that sometimes, make my hubby feel guilty about ruining our holiday (if he has to go out of town unexpectedly), and he makes it up to us ;P

Ah, too bad your Xmas tree doesn't have a place in your new home. We bought a tiny Xmas tree for our daughters to decorate which we can put up just about anywhere.

Thanks very much for your warm wishes and wishing you and your family a very happy new year too!

@ Nona,
Santa is such a wonderful concept! A dream come true for kids, getting wonderful gifts from their dear old santa:) Wishing you a very happy new year too!

Rachna said...

I am on vacation so am still not regularly reading other blogger's posts. Wonderful to read that you had a nice Christmas. Hopefully, your daughter is fine now. We were traveling to Mumbai on vacation so were in train but eagerly looked forward to the vacation. Kids had a great Christmas celebration in school.

R. Ramesh said...

hey thanks buddy...u r a real good friend..and hapy 2 c u cheerful..stay connected..

Rajlakshmi said...

aww cute kids :D
celebrating with family is always fun :)'
hope Becky gets well soon :)
wish a happy and a prosperous to you and your family :)

Harish P I said...

your kids look cute:)
wish you and your family a great 2011

Anonymous said...

Your kids are sooooooo cute!!! I am happy that you could spend time with your loved ones for christmas. love and cherish them forever! :) I am a fairly new, in-experienced blogger, would love it if you dropped by my blog sometime and give me your thoughts. much love to yo and your family from the young blogger. xoxo

Unknown said...

I acted the Santa and gave away some gifts for my neice and nephew. They didn't care my attire and dialogue and their entire attention was on the gifts.
Was fun.

Wish you a 2011 filled with lot of yellow smileys.

Rama Ananth said...

Happy New Year!!
I am glad we could become friends.

Neha said...

happy new year..just like the christmas, I hope your new year celebration was awesome too..and you could welcome it with a bang :)

The Holy Lama said...

Maybe cycle arrives just before summer holidays. Becky seems fine in the pic :)

Destiny's child... said...

Your Christmas sounds lovely. Bet the new year was equally happening :)

Happy new year! :)

dr.antony said...

These are all parts of childhood fantacies. As they grow up,they will sure know the truth.That is why it is easier to say,Santa loves children.

Have a wonderful New Year.

Tomz said...

belated Xmas and New year Wishes..hope you had a great time celebrating wid your dear ones..

RGB said...

@ Rachna,
So how did the vacation go? Becky is doing fine now.

@ R.Ramesh,
Thank you :) And you are very liberal with your comments ;P

@ Rajlakshmi,
Sure is. Becky is fine, thank you. And hope you had a wonderful start to 2011!

@ Harish,
Thank you and wish you the same :)

@ Emmy,
Thanks for stopping by, and for your warm comments. The precious moments that we spend with our loved ones are indeed moments to cherish for a lifetime. Got to visit your blog. You seem to be doing very good for a beginner :)

@ sreejith thampi,
Played Santa, eh? Good. Yeah, for kids it's more important to know what they've got as presents than focus on the rolly-polly santa :D

Ellen said...

Aww put that smile back on your pretty face, RGB. Things will be fine. Somebody up there will see to that. :-) Tons of blessings to you in the upcoming year ahead. Happy New Year! God bless you and your family.

R. Ramesh said...

wow what a sweet post ya...cute...

Meera Sundararajan said...

Yes Santa is a beautiful childhood concept but interestingly it is not part of Christianity. Christianity as we know developed in the Middle East where there is no snow. Santa is more of a western concept that came from the nordic countries where the winters were severe and we needed someone who could deal with the terrible cold and survival in that. The concept of the Christmas tree is also not an original Christian one- it was introduced into England by Prince Albert ( Queen Victoria's husband). However I love the concept of Santa and the image of this fat jolly looking man in red riding his sleigh drawn by reindeer.

walk2write said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. The menu sounds heavenly. Celebration, thanksgiving and memories of blessings galore--this is what holidays are for.

R. Ramesh said...


radha said...

The kids look lovely. Happy New Year.

sm said...

beautiful pics

Choco said...

Innocence needs to be cherished... Such a heartwarming post... Wish Becky good health for all the years to come and you and your family a great year ahead! :)

Anonymous said...

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Arooj said...

first time visited your blog..nice relations oriented post :-)...full of love

Anonymous said...

All well? Long gap

Anonymous said...

Wonderful write-up. Many thanks for posting

RGB said...

Thank you all for your comments. Just got a bit too busy to write back. Blogging has become a once-a-bluemoon activity, with hardly any time to spare. I'll drop in whenever I can and hopefully sometime soon, I'll be able to post again!

Haddock said...

Oh yes, kids do believe about the Santa at some point of their life (till they outgrow it)
I remember how my kids told me to add some more specific items when I made a "land line call" to Santa in front of them
Some memories last.

Vaudeville of Exhilaration said...

I love Christmas and the concept of Santa coming over and leaving gifts in socks and stockings.. I used to celebrate Christmas merrily when I was a kid.. The dishes that you have mentioned sounds appetizing..Lovely post..