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圣诞娃娃

圣诞娃娃

昨晚,我一边包圣诞礼物,一边在自言自语....

记得,约十年前,我药剂行的澳洲洋人老板问我,“你是华人,不庆祝圣诞的,对吗?你是佛教徒,不庆祝圣诞的,对吗?那你在圣诞当天上班一定没问题吧?"这哪是问我,简直是要我内疚,要我上班 (注:我是那间药剂行唯一的亚裔药剂师。那间药剂行365天都开足13个小时)。

我心里算一算,“哗!十三个小时,双倍工钱,即可赚二十六小时的工钱。划算划算。” 那时,我刚大学毕业,穷,又要学人储钱旅行,傻。我假装推迟一下,就答应下来了。反正,我是真的不庆祝圣诞的。接下来的五,六年,我的圣诞都是在店铺里过,从早上七点到晚上十点。我一点都不在意,顾客很少,很空闲,不难挨过。

一直到四年前,圣诞还是与我无关。没想到,现在,圣诞突然变得这么重要 -圣诞树, 礼物,卡片,火鸡,团圆,假期,派对,还有白雪飘飘。

人生一个转弯,有些重要的好像变得不重要了,不重要的好像开始重要起来....

今早起来,我忘了昨晚思考的问题,匆匆赶去预定两个蛋糕 – 一个要带去明晚朋友家的派对,一个要带去圣诞晚Ed大家族的团圆晚餐。今天不预定,明天一定卖清光!26日晚,和Ed父母吃饭要带的已准备....

愿祝大家圣诞快乐!

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Last night, I was talking to myself while I was wrapping Christmas presents….

I still remember vividly how my boss asked me to work on Christmas Day. It was about 10 years ago, ‘Shirley, you are a Chinese, Chinese doesn’t celebrate Christmas, right? You are a Buddhist, Buddhist does not celebrate Christmas, right? So, I think you are the best person to work on Christmas Day !’ Since I was the only Asian in the pharmacy, and he was right about a Chinese Buddhist (plus as a immigrant whose family is in Malaysia) does not celebrate Christmas.

So, I accepted the offer. Well, who won’t? The shop opened on Christmas Day for 13 hours, and I got paid double. In fact, being a poor newly graduate who dreamed of saving for travel, I felt grateful to have the shift ! Since then, my boss never failed to give me the Christmas shift and all my Christmas for the following 5 or 6 years were spent in the pharmacy from 7am to 10pm. Frankly, I did not mind at all. The pharmacy was normally quiet on Christmas Day and it was not a difficult shift.

It was not until 4 years ago, I stopped working on Christmas Day. Prior to that, Christmas was just another day for me. I am surprised to realise that it has suddenly become important in my life – the Christmas tree, Christmas presents, the turkey, Christmas parties, family gathering, holiday, Christmas cards,  and the previously unthinkable White Christmas. I have them all now.

Life is interesting, just a small twist and turn, previously important things are no longer important, and what never appeared important has suddenly play an important role in my life….

Woke up this morning, totally forgot what I was pondering last night, I rushed to Loblaws to order two cakes – one for tomorrow night Christmas Eve dinner with friends, one for Christmas Day dinner with Ed’s extended family.  I know if I don’t order today, I will have trouble getting the cakes I want tomorrow. And we have already prepared what we want to bring for 26th dinner with Ed’s parents….


Merry Christmas to you all !!!

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Merry Christmas ! Merry Christmas ! Merry Christmas !

满街的人喜气洋洋,小孩蹦蹦跳跳。有些小孩和大人们带上了圣诞头饰。

当然,圣诞节还未到,但昨天多伦多市中心却比真正的圣诞节更热闹。

因为,昨天是多伦多一年一度,也是北美最大型的圣诞花车游行

这游行始于1905年,当时是由多伦多出名的百货公司Eaton赞助。

至今有整百年历史,历经二世界大战,经济大衰退。

读到,在第二次世战时,资源贫乏,游行服装都是用纸做的。

Ed当然知道这游行,但从来没去过。他说,这是小孩才去的。

我耍赖,说我是游客,硬要去凑凑热闹,Ed无奈,唯有和我这大小孩去。

气温虽只有四,五度,可太阳公公也出来陪小孩欢庆。

游行在12.30开始,我们一点多才到。

看来,有许多人像一早拿了椅子地毯食物等,在路边霸好位子一边看一边野餐似的。

除了约二十多辆的花车,还有许多穿上小丑,仙女,动物等服饰的队伍,逗得小孩大人们乐呼呼。

24队乐队一路上奏着圣诞歌,圣诞气氛浓厚。

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我们刚好在Sick Children Hospital 前看。

我偶尔见到脸有病容的小孩脸上或他们的父母们脸上展现的笑容,真的很感动。

至少,那个时候,他们可以暂时抛开病楚忧虑,可以忘情地欢庆。

圣诞老人花车是压轴。他这亲切的老人一出现,人们好开心,有些小孩还追着花车跑。

游行在2.45才圆满结束。

散开的人们心中一定欣喜, 小孩们心中一定更渴望圣诞快快到来。

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