It hasn't really felt like Christmas this year. It'll just be the three of us and to be honest, there's been so much going on with the move that we really haven't been able to focus on anything else.
In an effort to try and get in to the Christmas spirit, I've booked us in for a Christmas Day buffet lunch at a hotel on the Singapore River.
I've already started praying to the Gods and crossing all my fingers and toes that BuBba will be well behaved but I know better. He's at that wonderful stage where he wants to get out of the highchair five minutes after he was put in there, he loves to throw food around, right after he spits it out (fully masticated), and generally scream and shout and make me want to tear my hair out. I think I'm going to have to plan a kit that includes a myriad of foods (just in case the variety of a buffet doesn't suit!) and a box full of toys to try and divert him from wrecking havoc. At least he still isn't walking yet so I won't have to worry about running after him.
A few times a week, I walk through Chinatown and every time I stop by a little cheap store that has tacky Christmas decorations and consider buying a Christmas stocking to hang on the door and maybe a Santa hat to shove on BuBba's head and take photos to send back home to the relos. Something's been stopping me so far and I think it's because my sub-conscious is telling me to pull my finger out and get in to the spirit of Christmas and go out to Orchard Road and buy some "real" pretty decorations. Good thing we're heading there on the weekend to try and get BuBba a present.
Today we received our first Christmas presents and that was the thing that got me thinking about Christmas and all that jazz. My best friend/BuBba's godmother, who is usually anti-gifts with a passion, sent over a couple of small gifts - one for me (yay!) and one for the little dude. I didn't think Santa would find us this year so it was quite a surprise and hell, if she can get all festive then I certainly can!
I can feel a shift in my Scrooge attitude and although it's coming quite late in the season, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.