It's a little belated, but we wanted to wish all our friends and family all over the world Merry Christmas!
This Christmas season was went by to fast. December was a really busy month. We moved in to our new apartment at the end of November and I spent most of December unpacking and Lyndon at the office. Plus, being in a new country and learning the ropes of Christmas in Singapore made the whole month go by in the blink of an eye.
I missed NYC a lot. Christmas time is the best time to be in the city. NYC knows how to do Christmas, and I was not sure if Singapore would do the holiday justice since Christianity is not the main religion. There was not a lot of religious symbolism, although surprisingly Tangs on Orchard had a big sign with John 8:12 (I think that's the right scripture) on it. That made it difficult to make Christ the center of our holiday. We tried and Cosette will tell you that we celebrate Christmas because it is Jesus' birthday. So something sunk in.
Singapore did not disappoint us. Christmas here was pretty spectacular. The lights on Orchard Road were awesome. It's not 5th Ave, but the displays were fun! A lot more inviting and interactive for the kids. Gardens by the Bay was incredible and I wish we had gone every week and done something different at their winter wonderland. There were plenty of Santas to visit. And our ward Christmas party was the best. We kept up with our family Christmas traditions. The kids really enjoyed all the cookie decorating and gingerbread house making. Our Christmas tree it the most beautifully decorated tree we have ever had. The kids decorated and undecorated it every day. All of my Christmas decorations have a lot of wear on them from the kids messing with them. I probably should not have gotten them all out (not that I have a lot) but I wanted it to feel like Christmas. It did make a difference and the kids loved it. Grateful for my hot glue gun which has salvaged a lot of them, best purchase ever. Christmas morning was the best. The kids had such a blast opening presents and love all of their gifts. It was Christmas we will always remember, because we could go swimming everyday in December. Bonus of living in a tropical climate.
I made a little film of all our Christmas outings and activities. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Halloween (that's from the kids). And a Happy New Year!