Mary's Boy Child - Jose Marie Chan (Filipino Singer)
Christmas Letter One:
Here's a Christmas letter from a good friend who was my NZ university classmate. She has contributed much to this blog. Thanks Lin for your thoughts on Yuletide 2015.
I truly support your blog which does a great job in bringing together people of like-minded interests and also in passing down a legacy to the generations after the 60's.
It's the time of year again to be reminded of the reason for the season - to say a word of thanks for the gift of life.
Time also to look back to what's gone on before - had it been smooth sailing or had there been bumps along the way.
I look back at 2015 and know I had groused a lot at the inconsiderate crowds at public places/events; the careless treatment of the natural environment.
I need to be less irked about these issues. Often I look to the local arts theatre to bring cheer to my soul. The very talented and creative artistes in their song/verse regale me with their wit and humour on the latest goings-on in the country and I leave the shows with a lighter heart.
If for just one day in the year, my cares are washed away, then Christmas has played its part well with its widely known/sung songs - be they religious or secular - Silent Night, Holy Night; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
But there are 12 days to the season just as there are 15 days to Chinese New Year.
We sing the ever popular, "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge on a pear tree..."
Now there is a Singapore or rather a *peranakan version by Alvin Oon, "On the first day of Christmas, my **sayang gave to me..."
#A main wayang music CD
4 buah keluak
5 box of cherki
6 gula melaka
7 sambal belachan
8 kasut manek
9 kain sarong
10 otah otah
11 sets of chongkak
12 ondeh ondeh.
So I hope to laugh all the way to 2016. "And, Joy to the world..."
December 24th, 2015,
* Peranakan = A Straits-born (Straits Settlement) Chinese.
** Sayang = Love (noun/verb).
# Perhaps another posting to explain?
Please read the first Christmas letter in the earlier posting below entitled: X'mas Greeting - Standing At The Gate Of The Year.
You Tube Video: Alvin Oon. Read letter 2 below or click 'Home' :