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As promised, evidence of my escapades for Christmas XD;  There won’t be much text to this post other than explanation of the pictures.  Please enjoy the visual feast(?) :3

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Christmas Eve Breakfast (made by mom)

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Christmas Gifts

Scarf for daddy.  The material is very pretty, isn’t it? ^ ^

Blanket for grandma.  The material is so cute and lovely~

We used two different clothes for the top and bottom, and then stacked them up to match the cuts.

Finished edge of the blanket.  The pink is from the bottom layer.





Christmas Dinner

Asparagus Roll-ups

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Making of:





Crab Corn Pudding

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Cranberry Almond Salad

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Twice-Cooked Coconut Shrimp

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Sesame Green Beans

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Chinese dishes


Tofu with “thousand year old” eggs and “fried” vegetable, topped with green onions.

Rice noodles with cabbage, mushrooms, and fried tofu :3

The fish, which looks a little sad by itself.

Fish with all the toppings: sauce, tofu, mushrooms.  Can’t even see the fish XD

Om nom nom, raw meats x__x

Daddy’s special “ko ro” (my pinyin is bad, I know), steaming the whole day.

And it’s done :3


Ham

Ham in the oven~

Cooked ham :3  Nom nom.


Tres Leches

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Peppermint Ice Cream





Eggnog





For Santa

Yummy foods for Santa: grapefruit peels, kettle corn, and eggnog.

Santa’s leftovers XD





Christmas Breakfast/Brunch

Pumpkin Espresso





Christmas Omelettes

Ingredients: leftover ham, onion, green bell peppers, and tomatoes.

Pre-omelette :3  It is Christmas-y because of the green and red!

Omelette #1… TOTAL FAILURE.  XDXD;;;;
Me: “Mommy… I made scrambled eggs for you.”

Omelette #2… actually looks like an omelette.

Oops, except for the back >__<;

Omelette #3… You would THINK would be the best.  But no.  Instead, I made a mess all over the stove with this one, and it turned out all wrinkly.

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Tonight, I went to see the amazing Radio City Christmas Spectacular with my parents ^w^  It was a wonderful, wonderful show, and by the end I couldn’t believe that it was over.  With a combination of singing, kick-dancing, acting, and a cute little storyline — not to mention the cheerful music, fanciful costumes, and eye-catching backgrounds — you can’t help but enjoy this show and feel the Christmas spirit.

Look at this picture~~  Isn’t that little girl cute?  And doesn’t it look so… so… Christmas-y and happy?

So originally, I had purchased tickets for Dec 29, and I got some really nice tickets for Orchestra level, row B (that’s the 2nd row from the stage, if you don’t count the “pit” or “floor” seats).  For some reason, they decided to cancel all the shows for the last week of December, so we had to quickly switch to the 26th, and the closest seats they had were in row M (and for the same price).  I was worried at first, but luckily our seats were right in the middle of the stage and far enough back that we could see everything.  I do believe that row B might have been too close.  Blessings that we had to change plans :3   So, if you ever plan to see this show (which you should!), keep in mind that seats a little further back are pretty good :)

Anyways, about the show~

Right before the show, one of the local high schools did a short dance performance to a version of the song Last Christmas with a similar feel to the Rockettes (the dancers in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular).  They were actually pretty good; I was impressed.  Future Rockettes?

There were a total of 12 scenes to the show.  It started right on time with a pretty fall of virtual snowflakes against a blue background, and then the screen lifted to reveal the Rockettes in reindeer dress, singing a medley of Christmas music (I think) and dancing.  I particularly liked their shoes, which looked almost like hooves :x  Santa came in at the end, on his sleigh, and they pulled the sleigh across the stage.  The next two scenes had a combination of dancing couples and Santa, singing and acting out the usual festive holiday scene at a Christmas party, and then more singing and dancing about Santa doing some “rock and roll.”

Reindeer Rockettes.

I think that the next few scenes were the highlight of the show.  In scene 4, the Rockettes came out in sparkly yellow dresses and danced to an instrumental rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  My favorite part of this was that the dancing and the music went along to each day’s “new” item.  I didn’t realize this until they were dancing to the twelfth day, when the music in the background included drumming and part of the dance included air drumming.  Memorize your gifts before you watch the show and let me know what else you notice, please XD

Side note (idea!): I think it would be fun to take a video camera around one day and randomly ask people what gifts were given on a specific day, just to see how many people actually know the song.  I suspect most people won’t know :3

Side note #2 (romantic notion!):  I think it would be really cute if someone actually did the 12 days’ gifts.  Okay, it’s completely impossible, but they should still put it in a movie.  (I feel like they have already?)

Side note #3 (random trivia):  The 12 days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day (December 25) and end on January 5.  And if someone actually did give the twelve days’ worth of gifts, their recipient would have at the end a grand total of:
+   12 partridges and pear trees
+   22 turtle doves
+   30 French hens
+   36 colly birds (I always thought it was calling birds)
+   40 gold rings
+   42 geese and who knows how many goose eggs
+   42 swans
+   40 maids (and presumably, 40 cows and a lot of milk)
+   36 ladies who are all very tired
+   30 lords who are also all very tired
+   22 pipers who are out of breath
+   12 drummers with broken drum sticks
Hey look, that makes a parabola.

After that, Santa revealed a letter he got from a “Puzzled Mom” about how he got gift ideas, and he said that his ideas were from the children.  He pulled a girl from the audience to come up and imagine, and that brought about their rendition of the Nutcracker.  It was the funniest Nutcracker ballet that I’ve seen, as each character was dressed in an animal suit.  The rats came out first, and then all the other characters in the Sugarplum Fairy’s Realm were bears.  The Sugarplum Fairy herself was this ridiculous brown bear in a hot pink tutu/ballerina outfit, with long eyelashes and hot pink eye shadow and lipstick.  She even had a pink wand XD  The Russian dancers were also brown bears, but in Russian outfits.  I thought the cutest ones were the Chinese dancers, who came out as pandas in little Chinese outfits.  There was also the gypsy belly dancer bear, with a veil on.  She was also pretty funny, if you can imagine a big fuzzy bear trying to be a sexy belly dancer XD  The last bears were triplet baby bears (I think they were supposed to be the little children dancers), which were pretty cute also.   At the finale, the “chosen” girl also came out to dance ballet in a pretty white outfit :)

Sugarplum Fairy bear, Russian bears, and little ballet girl.

I think the next scene was my favorite.  The Rockettes came out as toy soldiers, with long white pants, red jackets with white X’s and gold buttons, tall black hats, and big red blush circles.

They marched in along to music and did a lot of really awesome, difficult line dancing and marching.  I can’t even explain how awesome it was :D  At the very end, another soldier came in and shot a fake canon shot that popped out a flag that said “Kaboom!”  Then the toy soldiers fell down in perfect slow, slow motion.  So amazing!

Santa came in with another letter, this time from Mrs. Clause, who requested a special perfume that apparently makes you smell like freshly baked gingerbread :3  (I totally want that perfume.)  They said it’s J.B. or J.D. #39, and you can only get it at one store in New York (if it even exists) XD  So they took us on a trip to downtown Manhattan, and the dancer couples came out with Macy’s bags and presents to dance and sing about crazy Christmas shopping.  In the end, Santa got his perfume, and the Rockettes came out in their classic red and white costumes to dance!

After intermission, Santa came out again — along with like 20 other Santas XD  His song was “I’m There,” and he sang about being everywhere at once all the time.  It was pretty funny to see the Rockettes dressed up as Santas, especially since they were all so thin that they weren’t convincingly jolly-fat XD;

Then, we got to see Mrs. Claus!  She was the perfect Mrs. Claus, I think, with grey hair pulled back, glasses perched on her nose, and a colorful dress over classic-looking shoes.  She even had this wonderful Mrs. Clausvoice :D  That was what struck me the most :3  She and two (elf?) girls came out and sang about Santa being so difficult to find around Christmas time, as “Everybody’s Waiting for the Man with the Bag.”

When Santa came back at the end of that song, we got to have a glimpse of his workshop and his three helper elves.  The toys came out and danced, and then the Rockettes came out in a line as these adorable ragdolls.  They used those cute alphabet blocks as props, and at the very end they lifted them up to say “Merry Christmas!” :)

Ragdoll Rockettes.

The final dancing and singing act was titled “Christmas Dreams,” and the couples came out in these beautiful white suits on the men and white and blue flowing dresses on the ladies.  I really wanted (to make) that dress :x  So pretty!  The Rockettes also came out in white and blue outfits to do a final dance :)

The finale of the show was an amazing and surprising interpretation of the story of the birth of Jesus.  My dad kept repeating how he was so surprised that they put it in there, since people are usually so touchy about religion and being “correct” these days, but I was really glad that they had it in there :)  They called it the “Living Nativity” and had a very realistic and well-done presentation of Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus in the manger.  The story was narrated, and the bulk of this scene was the three wise men appearing and presenting gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  They even had live camels, sheep, and a donkey traversing across the stage.  It was very, very well done, and they had this wonderfully written prose about the life of Jesus.  I copied it here as it looked on the screen they showed it on.

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He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.  He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.  Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never had a family or owned a home.  He never set foot inside a big city.  He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born.  He never wrote a book, or held an office.  He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness.

While He was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him.  His friends deserted Him.  He was turned over to His enemies, and went through the mockery of a trial.  He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.  While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had — His coat.  When He was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave.

Two thousand years have come and gone, and today He is the central figure for much of the human race.  All the armies that ever marched and all the navies that ever sailed and all parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this

One Solitary Life.

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The highlights of the show for me were:
– The costumes!  So amazing.
– The Nutcracker bears and toy soldiers.
– I really want that perfume o_oa
– Wonderful nativity scene (and I got to see the animals in a tent outside after the show :x)

In fact, I was even inspired to do some hip hop and more dancing after watching this :3  I really ought to go to some classes or something.  Mostly, I just really want to be able to do those high kicks, which means I need to relearn the splits.  Oh, so painful XD  And I also was inspired to do costuming again, because of those wonderful outfits~

It was really an amazing show, and it’s all about Christmas.  If you ever get a chance, I would definitely recommend you watch it!  For me, next year, I would like to watch it before Christmas so I can get into the Christmas spirit :)