Christmas like any other holiday is as meaningful and enjoyable as the people you celebrate it with. And for most of us, Christmas is time with family and extended relatives. The Hsiao Christmas annual gathering is a long tradition, started by my wife’s grandparents many years ago. To be specific, it’s my wife’s mother’s parents. Even though they’ve gone on to be with the LORD, their legacy lives on. They preached and practiced “home sweet home” when they were alive. That tradition is carried on among their grandkids and great-grandkids. We were 39 strong this year. What a rich tradition our kids are inheriting! Highlights of the celebration include seeing some of their cousins, getting red envelops, and meeting the newest cousin. My prayer is our kids will learn to appreciate and hopefully carry-on the tradition.
Last year the kids saw a magician perform with a Chinese yo-yo (or diabolo), and since then, they’ve been asking for one. Their grandparents live in Asia and visit the States often, and recently, their grandpa brought back three diabolos – one for each of the kids. Yesterday they got their first crack at playing with them. Like any new toys, it takes some practice and experience to get the full enjoyment if it. Getting the diabolos to start spinning is the first challenge, and after an hour, they were minimally successful. We’ll see how long their interests last and how far they can go with their new toy.
Here’s a video of what you can do with a diabolo: Diabolo Tricks
Timothy and I love riding. We would be riding together all the time, but the problem is I don’t own a bike. On the first day of my winter break, I borrowed my neighbor’s bike, and went on an hour ride around town. We visited friends, explored new routes, and just enjoyed each other’s company. It’s a father-son bonding opportunity. I can’t wait until my other kids start riding and we all ride together.
About twice a year, we visit LA, and without fail, we make it a point to get “duck bread” or better known as Peking Duck. The kids talk about it all the time, but because where we live, there is none to be found. As a result, for the past few years the first meal in LA is at China Tea House in Torrance, where they serve duck bread. The kids loved it, and so did we!
Today Theo reached an important milestone. He “gave up” his bib. He’s going to eat like an adult. While he did it with pride when I was taking this picture, that evening he cried, as well as the morning after – asking if he can have his bib back. After some consolation, he was able to move forward in life without eating with a bib. So proud of him!
Timothy’s been practicing Jingle Bells on the piano for a couple of months, so naturally his sister has picked up a note or two. This morning I caught them doing an impromptu duet. It’ll be a couple of years before they can harmonize, but regardless, it’s music to my ears.
Our boys were front and center at this year’s Christmas program. They, along with everyone, did an fabulous job giving praise and glory to baby Jesus. I think the world needs to be reminded often about the simplicity and significance of Christmas: God sent his only son to give us hope and comfort in this life and the next. Merry CHRISTmas everyone!