Category Archives: Holidays

Wishing YOU A Happy Chinese New Year 2021 – ‘Year Of The Ox’; February 12.

by Anura Guruge


So, Chinese New Year 2021 starts Friday, February 12. A week from now. (That is a bit late, BUT still well within the bounds).

The celebrations can last up to 16-days.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.


BUT, this year, ALAS, things are so different.


I cannot get over it. I am NOT even thinking of going to Boston Chinatown for Dim Sum & the Dragon Parades. Wow.

We went last year though COVID was beginning to make its presence felt. But, I noticed & commented that there were hardly any masks. I was, THEN, glad. Things are different. Can’t remember the last time, prior to this year, that we will NOT be going down to Chinatown. We couldn’t go, 6 or 7 years ago, because there was a BLIZZARD in Boston that Sunday. Other than that, we have NOT missed Chinese New Year in decades!

Last year in Boston Chinatown, on February 2. Click image to see the 36 pictures.


We ALSO, as we had been doing annually for 6- or 7-years, went to the UNH ‘Confucius Institute’ Chinese New Year Event — on January 28. Yes, we were slightly concerned about COVID (though it wasn’t called as such then), BUT we wanted to show our solidarity to our friends at the Institute.


And now this year. I am crushed.


Happy Chinese New Year 2021
(COVID be DAMNED).


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London’s Spectacular Welcome To 2021, With Lasers, Fireworks & Drones — Must Watch.

by Anura Guruge



Given that I still think of the U.K. as HOME, I always make a point of watching THE Queen’s Christmas Speech & London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

This year’s show BLEW me away. I was SO, SO proud. Wow.

Yes, I have since read that some folks did NOT like it. Thought it was too political. I had NO issues. I thought it was on the mark.

Well, YOU have to watch it.


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When You Are Too Poor To Own An Ice Bucket Or Afford Expensive Champagne (Irrespective Of Stimuli Checks).

by Anura Guruge



Well, what can I say?

$2,000 stimulus checks would have helped. I could have got more expensive champagne.

The truth be known, I have drunk way too much good champagne over my life. I am trying to cut back. First champagne I have had in 13-months! That is quite an achievement for a ‘alchy’ that used to drink champagne daily. SMILE.


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Wishing YOU A Very Happy & Bountiful 2021. “Cheers” From The ‘Guruge’ Household.

by Anura Guruge



WHAT?

You don’t have personalized, engraved champagne flutes for “1 January …“? Wow. What can I say?

OK. OK.

Ours actually say “1 January 2003”.

Why? Work it out, IF YOU care.


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Happy New Year 2021.

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Lego Advent Calendars For 1998, 2006 & 2020 Completed.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.

The 1998 (very 1st Lego advent) to the left & 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) to the right.


The 1998  now on the right & 2020 on the LEFT.


You can see how they have evolved.

The very 1st, in 1998, was CLASSIC lego (of the time), CUTE & simple. They didn’t have many ‘shapes’/’models’. There were at least 5 planes.

By 2006 they had got more sophisticated. Of the three, that is probably the best.

2020 is just cheap & tacky.

We have 6 others too! Smile.


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Made From Scratch (i.e., Clay), Dried & Hand Painted Toadstools By Teischan (14).

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Yes, another Christmas present. This one for her sister.

One of many of her artistic gifts this year — which included my painting & the hand painted sneakers (which you can see above).

This was her FIRST foray with clay. I had no idea she was working with clay. This blew me away. She could easily sell these. They are so cute. But, she refuses to sell. Money does not motivate her!


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THE Queen’s Christmas Speech 2020: Video & Link To Full Text.

by Anura Guruge



The BBC of The Queen’s Christmas 2020 Broadcast
— on YouTube.


The Queen, at 94, still looking resplendent & in CHARGE.
I am so HAPPY.

As ever it was and inspirational.

My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.

ENJOY. SAVOR. RELISH.


Click here for the FULL TEXT of the Address.


For more delightful insights into THE Queen
and the British Royal Monarchy
visit their OFFICIAL site.


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Hand Painted Sneakers As A Christmas Present From Our 14-Year Old Daughter.

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The whole sneaker is hand painted by you know who — 14-years old. First time. She knew she could do it. Got the mother to buy her a pair of white sneakers. Painted them. They are a Christmas present to the mother. How special.

I am sure she could sell such sneakers at quite a price. Not interested. Will NOT part with her work. Has to stay in the house. She has only made one exception. For a friend of mine who was dying from cancer.


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What You Get For Christmas When Your 14-Year Old Daughter Is An Artist.

by Anura Guruge


 


What can I say other than that I feel blessed. She gets better by the month. This picture is blinking beautiful. It is already up on the wall. We all, as has been the custom for the last 4-5 years, got amazing works of art by her.

This was last year.


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