Treasuring Teatime with Family

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Happy Holidays! 🙂 I’m spending more time with my family. I hope you are too. ^^
Make teatime (if that’s your thing) a regular activity with your loved ones, especially the older folks.

I like afternoon tea cos it gives us time for longer talks or longer silences– whichever we prefer.
I like how my granny grunts with disapproval at how tiny the sandwiches are.
I like that I get to eat all the cakes cos my grandmother can’t have too much sweets anyway.
I like that we get a senior citizen discount. lol

Last week, I went to granny’s house and brought a box of Korean red ginseng tea. So this is something you can do at home.

I bet you want to give your loved ones a gift that’s sentimental, something that screams ‘thoughtful’ and ‘sweet’ and ‘sincere’… Something that won’t depreciate over the years or turn to rubbish when the latest model comes out… Something unique… Something that’s gonna stay with them forever…. Something that’s not gonna burn a massive hole in your pocket…

Stop stressing yourself out. Spend time with them. Simple.

Time is really the best present that you can give your loved ones. And I’m not trying to get all mushy on you. Just sayin’. 🙂

And in case I don’t get to say this on the 25th, MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. 🙂 🙂 🙂 xoxoxo

Daily Prompt: Gimme

Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for the Barbie that you gave me last year. I have been a very good girl this year. I brush my teeth and take a bath three times a day. I sleep early and take a nap in the afternoon. I’ve been very nice to nanny. And I don’t cry anymore when mama leaves.
My wish this year is a Cut and Style Barbie. I see it all the time on TV. You cut Barbie’s hair and then it grows back – like magic! And you can also color it pink. And I know we don’t have it here in the Philippines but because you live in the States, I know you can give me one. Please, Santa. I promise to be good again next year.

Love,
K

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My letter was more or less like this. And no, I didn’t anymore believe in Santa then as I caught my mom putting the goodie bags underneath the tree one night. I handed the letter, written in blue ink and yellow paper that I got from her desk, directly to my mom. Who then glanced at the paper, looked at me with her pretty eyes and laughed. “HAHA”, she said, “You wish.”
I got my usual bag of chocolates and candies, a gold wristwatch, a boomerang, stickers, beach ball, shoes, hair clips, trolls with the pink hair, school supplies and plenty of other useless stuff that I don’t remember. I had a pretty impressive collection of Barbies back then but I only got them when my grandparents would send a package from the U.S. My mom didn’t think I should have one anymore as I would just cut off their heads and hang them in my “haunted house” built out of sheets. FYI though, my mom was just as childish as I remembered her drawing nipples and pubic hair (in blue ink) on one of my Barbies.

Um, did any of you have this Cut and Style Barbie? ^^ Oh you did, eh? I hate you. We’re not friends anymore. lol

Was there a special gift or toy you wanted as a child but never received? What was it?

*photos from toysrus