Whilst Christmas is the day of peace, love, joy, family and good cheer – it can be a day of stress and worry too. It’s all written on the faces of last minute shoppers that I bumped into in Rundle Mall today. I could just imagine what went through their mind, “Shucks! I forgot to buy something for Aunt Berryl!” or “Have to remind John to buy some capers” or “I hope I have enough time to stop by the bottle-o before it closes!” “AAAARGHHHH!”.
I don’t know whether I was brave or whether I was stupid for going to Rundle Mall on the last shopping day before Christmas – well, after being presented with a list of Christmas shopping from my five sisters, I didn’t have a choice, did I? 😉 I’m heading back to Indonesia in February, and I thought I should ask them whether they wanted me to buy something on their behalf since a lot of goods are more expensive back in Indonesia. Perfume is the goods of choice for all of them, so I went directly to the Chemist Warehouse on the basement of David Jones since they sell cheaper genuine eau de toilettes and eau de colognes.
At the end, I came out with a plastic bag full of fragrances – and hundreds of dollars poorer. Haha. Well, I will be reimbursed, so I’m not at all worried – thank God that I had my payday on Thursday! Phew!
All around I saw people with bags of gifts, nearly all looked stress and worried. There were some Christmas cheers in the Mall as well though, to lighten up the mood and to bring some entertainment to passers-by and shoppers. There was a girls’ choir singing carols while at another spot, a brother-and-sister duo were singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – there were some Salvation Army officers as well collecting donations while some of their team-mates were playing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” on their trumpets. I fought my way through the shoppers and made my way to Chinatown so I could have my lunch and head home.
I really have been Adelaideanised after living here for eight years (twelve years in total if you count my student years) – I much prefer smaller crowds than the hustle and bustle of shoppers and pedestrians. Being out in the crowd for an hour was enough for me – I went home after lunch, after picking up some meat, potatoes and veggies for Christmas lunch tomorrow. It may not be the traditional turkey or ham lunch, but hey, it’s my first Christmas with Yani and I can create my own tradition if I want to. So tomorrow, I plan to barbeque a good chunk of steak, marinated with my special recipe – and have some potatoes and veggies – along with a glass of wine. 🙂
Tonight, I’m heading over to my Christmas Eve service where our church has been invited to perform in front of the congregation. The three of us, along with the worship band, will be singing Michael W. Smith’s “Agnus Dei” that is combined with “O Come All Ye Faithful”.
It’s my first Christmas as a family with Yani and I’m very excited!
Merry Christmas everyone!
PS: If you haven’t seen my Christmas card, please feel free to go and have a look!