I have a brother-in-law (and other holiday tidbits)

December 28, 2009 § 4 Comments

Ohana, our family cat, sits under the tree Christmas morning.

Christmas (secular style) has always been one of my favorite holidays.  To my friends and family far and near- countless thanks for another festive and delicious holiday. I am so blessed to be able to close the year with such good company. Since Christmas is one of four days in the year that the Golden Bowl Chop Suey closes its doors, I reserve December 25th for family. Ga, Yun, Sum and I have always made it home for the holiday. This year, however, Yun stayed in New York, making it the first time we were not all together on Christmas. But there some other more positive “firsts” this holiday break–this was my niece Natalie’s first Christmas, the first time Goonjan proposed to Sum (there is a second proposal planned), and the first time Ga and I went “spinning”. And oh, there is also a notable “last” too–this was the last year for our trusty fake Christmas tree that has been in the family for over twenty five years.  Sorry, Yun, you weren’t able to say bye to it. But here, you can see the tree in its final glory, and I have included some other snapshots. Enjoy.

Our undecorated, unfluffed, balding Christmas "tree"

broches

What I got for Christmas: broches from Madeline, purchased from a flea market

What I got for Christmas: turtle broche, also from Madeline

What I got for Christmas: customized mug from Patrick

What I got for Christmas: scarf from Madeline

Gong gong 公公

Po po 婆婆

What we gave our new brother-in-law. If you want to be in the family, learn Cantonese.

Ga did some house cleaning on Christmas. Here, she holds some bags of clothes for donation.

Here, my mother who has a hoarding problem disputes us donating her stuff.

Yun's stocking thrown in the recycling bin.

Popo and I, she no longer smiles in photos because she says she has bad teeth. She should smile.

Natalie, dinner at Hong Hua

Dinner at Hong Hua

After Christmas brunch in Ann Arbor

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§ 4 Responses to I have a brother-in-law (and other holiday tidbits)

  • Madeline says:

    I like it! I forwarded it to Lee Ann. Forgot to tell you that the eye glass pin – I know the golden boarder is coming off, but I figure you can ripe the whole thing off. It would look better.

  • Allison says:

    heheh our xmas tree still cracks me up. You should put the photo up without Yun’s stocking 😉 teehee.

  • Sonia says:

    I enjoyed your pictures! Seeing your christmas tree reminded me of the one my aunt put up… it was pre-lighted and we were too lazy to go up to the attic and put the christmas ornaments.. mostly because for everything you put up, you just have to take it down.. so we were kind of lazy… but we did put up christmas lights outside, so at least the neighbors won’t doubt our holiday spirit.

    Happy New Year! I’ll continue stalking the rest of your blog!

    Also Congrats Allison and Gunjan, I hope you two are very happy!

  • Sonia says:

    (wait delete that first post, I made a spelling mistake!)

    I enjoyed your pictures! Seeing your christmas tree reminded me of the one my aunt put up… it was pre-lighted and we were too lazy to go up to the attic and put the christmas ornaments.. mostly because for everything you put up, you just have to take it down.. so we were kind of lazy… but we did put up christmas lights outside, so at least the neighbors won’t doubt our holiday spirit.

    Happy New Year! I’ll continue stalking the rest of your blog!

    Also Congrats Allison and Goonjan, I hope you two are very happy!

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