Size 16 inch x 20 inch (51cm x 41cm)
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
It’s the time of the year again. Every year I was looking forward to the 1st December to decorate my tree with the Kaethe Wohlfahrt ornaments I collect. I sometime came across with one of their stores during my city (summer) break trip to the places like Berlin and Bruges and had to (yes always a must!) buy one or two ornaments. Sadly not this year. I even forgot to search any new editions online. I guess no Santa for me either. Just like my picture, he is stuck saying ‘QUASI LA’ but not quite here for me!!
Speaking of a gift, my memory of my late father being a Santa during my childhood is a strange one. I don’t think my family seriously celebrated the Christmas but I have a vivid image of one Christmas morning. I woke up and spotted a huge, plastic steam engine toy kids can ride on. What on earth Santa got me a boy’s toy? There is no boy in the family. I was so confused but definitely remember my father’s proud shinny face. He wanted a son, my mother used to tell me. No wonder I grew up learning to play baseball, to fish, to bowl, to play chess, to build models, and to play guitar. No wonder I could never fit in the ‘girlie girlie’ talks in schools. It’s all good though. Thanks dad, I miss you…