29 December 2005, 5th day within the octave of Christmas

Christ has been born for us: come, let us worship him.

Merry Christmas to all readers! I hope the reflections posted in the past few weeks were useful to you. As for now, we celebrate the arrival of the infant Christ. Rejoice, sinners! Salvation has arrived!

Christmas was all right. I went to a family friend’s place for dinner with my family. There was lots of good food. There was ham, turkey, roast beef… Tasty! I went for midnight Mass with Pet, Robin and Angela at OLPS after that. The Christmas pageant at OLPS was well done I must say. The singers and choirs obviously put in a lot of effort. Oh, I saw some of the seminarians at OLPS, so I decided to wish them Merry Christmas.

The part I like about midnight Mass is that they will ring the bells for 3 minutes during the Gloria, at twelve o’clock sharp. It was funny to see the altar boys trying to muster their arm power to shake the handbells for 3 minutes without stopping. The look on their faces every year never seems to change. The poor guy probably must be thinking of giving up midway, but perseveres when the hymn is ending soon. Kudos to all altar boys everywhere!

The 4 of us had supper at a hawker center near Angela’s place. Winson didn’t join us. I think he was too tired after work. We sat and talked at one of the void decks till 4 am. Ah, it’s so good to see them after so long. The taxi fare was a killer though.

I reached home at 4.30 am and I woke up at 3 pm. My family attended some relative’s wedding dinner. Due to this, we didn’t have the customary Christmas meal cooked by my grandmother. Ah well. But the food was good.

So much food this season! I’m getting fat!

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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

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