Our good friend and neighbour Mick gave us this novel 3ft (91 cm) high skiing Santa garden Christmas light. His daughter did not need it any more as she was moving from a house to a flat (apartment). We put Santa by our front door in the front garden area for passersby to see as he skies towards Christmas day.
As I mentioned in my earlier blog (O (Old) Christmas Tree) about Christmas decorations and how we get them from storage in our loft/attics etc at the beginning of each Christmas season. We check the plugs and fuses of our old Christmas lights and see how many bulbs still work. I think the oldest lights I have are over 40 years old and we drape them around our 45-year-old Christmas tree I had when growing up.
Last Christmas when we were in the Philippines visiting our family, we saw amazing Christmas decorations and lights almost everywhere. We bought back from halfway around the globe, one particular Christmas decoration which is popular in the Philippines. It is called a paról.
A paról is a star-shaped or star patterned lantern, the shape representing the Star of Bethlehem that guided The Three Kings to the birthplace and manger of Jesus. A paról can come in various sizes and designs/patterns as long as it is a five-pointed star shape and can be illuminated. They are traditionally made out bamboo and paper. Nowadays they can be constructed from materials such as plastic, glass, thick strong polythene & light metal strips They are illuminated by candles or electric light bulbs. paróls are traditional to Filipinos at Christmas as the Christmas tree is to us. Modern electric/battery powered paróls can produce colourful complex patterns like some of our home Christmas lights.
Global Christmas Lights – The Filipino Paról.
Paról Light in our NW London house!
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
– Bob Hope
I love singing Christmas carols. I know every harmony to every music-hall Christmas song.
– Zooey Deschanel
Second Day of Christmas
Is the Christmas tree up yet?
First Day of December
Hello friends and visitors.
It is the first day of December, where life and leisure are going to become hectic and busy especially if you are still working. There will be endless Christmas parties, friends reunion, family reunion, etc,
There will be expensive Christmas shopping. Just be careful with the spending. Try to buy things you can afford to give.
Let us also remind ourselves what Christmas is all about. Who is being celebrated and perhaps even for just this month (if we cannot manage to do it throughout the year), let us be mindful of others. Give love on Christmas month. 🙂
By the way, meteorologically speaking, today is the first day of winter in the UK, etc.
Keep warm, be safe and healthy.
Merry Christmas and hope you all really have a good one.