Spending Christmas with my family is very important to me. We usually gather and celebrate at my grandparent's house, in Kuala Lumpur. My parents, my siblings, and I travel from Kuala Selangor to Kuala Lumpur. My cousins, and their parents, come from a nearby town, for our celebration. We spend the day shopping, baking cookies, making fudge, decorating the house and preparing a big Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings. The children love to see each other. They spend the day playing games and sharing their new gifts and toys that Santa Claus brought for each of them. They get so eager to decorate, that it is hard to restrain them.
Decorating for Christmas is so much fun. My father always draws new background scenery, for the Nativity scene, that he displays, every year. He, my brother, my cousins and I start with the decorations for the outside of the house and the front yard. Every year, my parents add a little more to the outside decorations. My mom, sisters, aunties and the children decorate the inside of the house. My mom has so many indoor decorations that they cannot all possibly be displayed.
We try to change the decorations, which we put out every year. The women finish up the work just about the same time as, we the men and then it is time to decorate the tree together. The children love this the most. The tree is always real, and is usually six to seven feet tall. Most of... [continues]
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