Since I can remember, I have associated Christmas with big family get-togethers, laughter and happiness. And of course there was the food. Lots and lots of food, for days on end (the leftovers are the best!). It was also the one time in the year where everybody pulled out all the stops to prepare delectable dishes, never to be repeated until the next year!
My mom was quite the virtuoso, so she would always have some new and elaborate concoction. Through the years, the dishes changed with the fashion (like all the innovative tasteless microwave dishes of the seventies, the moulded foods of the eighties and the trio’s of anything during the nineties).
A friend once sarcastically commented that I celebrate everything and anything. Not that she is wrong, but is it really that bad? Why not celebrate everything? I did not realise it up to that point when she actually said it, and then it made me think...
With all the negative things happening in the world and around us, why not celebrate everything good?
True, we might overdo it a bit, because we don't only celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter and anniversaries, we also celebrate the first blossoms of spring, a clear summers day, a very cold winter's night, a new piece of jewellery, old friends, new friends, you name it! Whenever we think of something good, we celebrate! And yes, you can open my fridge anytime of the year and you will find chilled Champagne bottles there.
I had breakfast in the mall this morning with my family. On our way back to the car, my dad spotted a van in the parking lot, parked completely skew and with one wheel standing on the curb, leaving the van to lean over.
In South Africa this is not a rare sight, in fact, one might expect this from taxi drivers. The irony here was the writing on the van: Children in transit, please drive safe....