Christmas Joy

Each Christmas the verses of "Joy to the world, the Lord has come!  Let earth receive her King!" fill my mind because this always reminds me of fun Christmas past.  Us siblings, with a lot of shushing each other, would rummage around the kitchen early Christmas morning, preparing breakfast in bed for Mom and Dad.  We would wear white tape covered cardboard St. Lucia crowns and sing "Joy to the World" (probably off tune!) as we marched up the stairs to their room.  These memories always make me smile!  And this year's celebrations gave me reason to smile as well!  I hope you all enjoyed a very joy-filled Christmas, giving thanks for the precious gift of Baby Jesus.

Here's some photo snippets from our first Christmas in Singapore!

There are beautifully decorated Christmas trees all over Singapore.  If the weather can't inspire the Christmas spirit, the Christmas trees can!  

Luminous lights on Orchard - all just for Christmas.  This picture is taken very close to where we're temporarily living.

The day before Christmas Eve we went to East Coast Park with friends.  We had a lazy lunch, rented bikes and explored the area.  Unfortunately no pictures of the biking because it started to rain.  

A picture of one of the many beaches along East Coast Park.  
Enjoying beverages at lunch . . . I am obsessed with fresh, chilled coconuts!

Grandma passed away at 99 years.  While I grieve her loss, I'm sure she and Dad had the merriest Christmas EVER in heaven with Jesus.  
For Christmas Eve we had Peking Duck...  Very good, family style Chinese dining.

Gracious friends who invited us into their home for Christmas.  Thank you!  Christmas wouldn't have been nearly as joyful without your invite.    
Christmas Eve service.  "Joy to the world, the Lord is born!"

And then we cranked down the "aircon"  to 60 degrees, watched Christmas movies and drank hot cocoa from Starbucks.

Christmas morning we even had a 'family' Christmas!  Thank God for modern technology.  

A little football before Christmas dinner...

A lot of yummy food!
A few presents among friends... (we will do our own gift exchange over New Years).

...and some baby lovin'!  Braley Elizabeth is such a sweet babe.  
Merry Christmas from Singapore!

1 comment:

  1. It looks like an amazing adventure! Thank you for writing about it!