Friday, December 24, 2010

FSO: How Christmas is celebrated: Caroling








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When I was growing up, we were Roman Catholics, and Christmas was a religious affair. After Mid night service, we had cookies and milo. My grand dad told us his Methodist neighbours has "FOOK YIN" aka caroling. Later we had the open house, people came to our house and we served them goodies. And even later, some of us began to have caroling.

When we went to Australia and New Zealand, we brought this caroling tradition. In these photos, my sis-in-law organised her neighbourhood, and they went caroling to houses who had arranged to welcome them to sing at their entrance. After the singing, they all gathered at Audrey and Joseph's place for drinkies and munchies.

In New Zealand, couple of groups of the Mt Albert Baptist Church did the same. We went to rest home, and homes and we sang to them. This was quite a new thing here, and some neighbours came to join us. Then we went to a friends' place for coffee and munchies. No drinkies as we are Baptists.

Of course, we have trees and Santa. But I wanted to feature some thing different.

For Christmas dinner, You never guess, we had seafood dinner. We are crazy about seafood, I bought live New Zealand Southland crabs, frozen American Crabs, raw oysters, prawns, and smoked salmon canapes. Not at all a traditional Christmas and what an orientation to our family. We had two guests, one is a New Zealand born Kiwi and he had to imitate us to use their hands to eat the chilli crab, the National dish of Singapore.

Sam was Santa's helper and gave out the presents.

12 comments:

Ginny said...

Well, we should eat what we like the best for Christmas, and not follow tradition just to be following it. I bet you had an absolutely delicious dinner!

J9 said...

I think I should start a carolling tradition in my town. We did this as kids and no one does it now.

spiritsoflena said...

What a seafood feast! Merry Christmas!

Cocorue said...

Ha, That's our kind of Christmas dinner!

We just wanted to send you Warm Greetings for Christmas and the New Year and to thank you for your kindness...

chikisses
CoCo, Tiffy and mumster lilian

Anonymous said...

We had carol on the 23/12. It was suppose to be raining but somehow The Lord gave us beautuliful weather. I really thank God for great neighbour. Whenever we need help they are there. Sometime ran out of egg we can just ask from each other.

Have a blessed Christmas n New Year.

Love Audrey

wenn said...

nice..merry xmas!

Louis la Vache said...

Christmas blessings to you, Ann.

Is this the nativity story you commented on at Shirley's blog?

Here's one Christmas song and here's another - and better - one....

SandyCarlson said...

I think caroling is a wonderful tradition. Thanks for this post.

Pauline said...

That sounds like a great idea, Ann. One of our little family tradition is for the grandkids to put on a concert on Christmas night.

Louis la Vache said...

Caroling began in Germany. School children would roam the streets singing for food.

Christmas blessings to you, Ann.

Jama said...

Your seafood dinner sound so lovely, I would love to dig in using my bare hands! lol
The artificial snow is still there at the Tanglin Mall, and there's one more very near me, just opposite the Ang Mo Kio MRT station.

Doreen said...

great Christmas traditions! I bet you really had a good time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!