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Ode to the Christmas Aftermath! December 27, 2009

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 ‘ Twas the Night Before Christmas’ by Clement Clarke Moore is one of favourite Christmas poems even though it has been overdone through the years.

Looking at the Christmas aftermath in my house which is  strewn wrapping paper, packaging, bottles stacked for recycling and a very neglected ironing pile, I was inspired in the spirit of this very special poem to write one pertaining to my household today.

 Twas two days AFTER Christmas and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…

Although Luka the goldfish, was thankfully still,

Swimming around in his salad bowl.

  

 As it was raining outside, two boys were inside,

Leaving their skateboards at the front door.

 

 Hubby was lost behind a book, only surfacing now and then,

To the give the fridge a look.

 

 The woman of the house,

Who was Cook, Cleaner, Mother and Spouse,

Looked at the mess and thought to herself,

If only Santa had left her a *house elf!

(*I think J K Rowling must have thought about mothers everywhere when including these magical housekeeping folk in her Harry Potter books!)

 

A Tale Of Two Fairies December 18, 2009

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The Advent Calender has been dutifully filled by our resident Christmas Fairy.  A concept I came up with as our Advent Calender has little pockets which can be filled with treats and then reused the following year.  This concept of “waiting” till the next day to have another treat is something Eldest didn’t wish to comprehend and so the Christmas Fairy comes every night to fill the following days pocket with a treat which is then eagerly discovered by the kids on waking every morning.  A little chocolate before breakfast never hurt anybody and afterall its Christmas!

My eldest son has had another wish, that the Tooth Fairy would visit for Christmas.  I scoffed at this little fantasy, afterall in my mind five and a half is far too young to start losing teeth!  How wrong I was!  Monday morning, while Eldest was munching on his piece of toast he exclaimed that he had a “wobbly tooth”!   Once again I endeared the little chap and tapped his front tooth telling him again that it was still not budging! 

“Not that one Mommy!  This one!”

Tapping one of his lower incisors I realised that my ‘baby’did indeed have a wobbly tooth, probably the first little nipper he cut when we were in the UK for Christmas five and a half years ago!  In all honesty I was not prepared to ‘grow up’ this quickly! 

Everybody he met or spoke to was told of his ‘wobbly tooth’ and everyday he insisted on eating an apple in an attempt to dislodge the long-awaited wobbly tooth!  Whether it was the apples or the hotdog he ate for lunch, by yesterday evening my first-born had achieved his next milestone.  His first tooth fell out!  After much deliberation a shoe was selected for the prized tooth to await the arrival of the Tooth Fairy. 

 As he went to bed that night I assumed the role of the Christmas Fairy by placing two chocolate Reindeer in the Advent Calender and tiptoed upstairs to be the Tooth Fairy for my little boy who is growing up whether his mother likes it or not.

 

Vanishing Lebkuchen! December 14, 2009

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Our beloved Aunt in Germany has stopped coming to South Africa for Christmas.  She prefers to soak up the Christmas cheer with her friends at the many Christmas Markets and then escape the wet weather of January through to April by soaking up the much-needed sun here in South Africa.  I can’t blame her!  However, we have experienced a huge loss due to this decision. Lebkuchen, Stollen and Cinnamon Stars! 

Nothing made it feel more like Christmas than getting together on a Sunday for “Advent Coffee” and gorging on  pieces of Stollen, (German Christmas Cake), Lebkuchen, (a type of spiced cake, sometimes coated in chocolate) and Zimt Sterne, (Cinnamon Stars).  Thankfully, due to a more global economy, some stores here in South Africa started stocking various of these items imported from Germany.  Hooray, we could eat Lebkuchen for another year!  Last year my hopes were dashed when I found that many stores decided that South Africans would stick to the humble Christmas mince-pie and didn’t bring in any of my favourite German delicacies.  Luckily for me, Hubby did a visit to Germany, and at my request, came back with the much awaited mother load of Lebkuchen and Zimt Sterne!  So we celebrated another year the ‘normal’ way.

This year I went on another scavenger hunt on the quest to find Lebkuchen, which I found, although the price could suck the Christmas cheer out of anybody!  So I bought my stash and packed it away in the grocery cupboard awaiting our first Advent with my Father-In-Law.  Coffee was made and my stash of Lebkuchen and Stollen were enjoyed.  I didn’t put it all out, there are four Sundays till Christmas and I was determined to have a bit every Sunday!

The box was considerably lighter this  Sunday…  I was  horrified!  What happened to my stash!

Devastated, I informed Hubby that we were a few Lebkuchen short of  an “Advent Coffee” when he, looking most forlorn, exclaimed “Oh no! I was enjoying my lebkuchen in the mornings, don’t we have any more?”

So while we were all tucked up in bed with “visions sugar plums dancing in our heads” Hubby was starting his day with a morning mug of java and a Lebkuchen or two! 

My New Years Resolution…. learn to bake!

 

Left Behind December 1, 2009

Filed under: South Africa — natalian @ 5:50 am
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Today is another World  AIDS Day.  A day to remember those who fought the disease and those who are still fighting it.  A day to bring about AIDS awareness in the hope that this virus can be stopped in its tracks.

Today I want to remember the children, particularly in the rural areas, who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.  Many, becoming the primary caregiver to the ill parent and nursing them in their final days.  Many, orphaned by HIV/AIDS who are then left to become the head of the house and the parent figure to their younger siblings.  Children, who due to HIV/AIDS,  have had a fast forward button pushed on their little lives forcing them to grow up before their time and taking on the responsibilities of an adult.

Tabelo Timse has written an article called “SA’s Aids time bomb” on News 24.com.   This report states, that due to South Africa’s delayed response to HIV/AIDS, it is estimated that by 2015,  32% of South Africa’s children will have lost one or both parents to the disease. 

These are children who were failed by their government while their parents were alive and I question what type of support their government will give them when they are left to fend for themselves.

It’s easy to play the blame game, but today, I want to remember these children who have been left behind.