I am surviving Christmas without nary a bite of log cake, turkey and honey-glazed ham, and just one gift exchange. Christmas -- where Jesus is the Star and Reason For The Season, lives on in my heart without my having to get all caught up with the trappings and commercialising of Christmas.
To digress, with due respect, in many parts of the world such as the USA or Europe where the Christmas season is a traditional festive and holiday season what with winter and all that, Christmas is truly a biggie and a time for family gatherings much like the Lunar New Year for the North East Asians and their diaspora.
Well, whad'ya know, my Christmas coulda have been rattled by my mobile Phone, if it goes missing. Just this evening I had dinner (fish and vegetables with rice; nothing Christmassy) at a coffee shop and as the table top was still wet after having been wiped clean by the kopi kia (coffee shop assistant), I decided to place it on my chair instead. There and then I had a premonition that I would forget to pick up the phone when going off after the meal.
After the dinner, I made my way home and only came round to the realisation after several minutes that my phone was not with me. My mind was racing and I hastened back to the shop, noticed that my phone was missing from the chair, and approached the drinks stall owner. I mentioned my plight and indicated to the chair where my phone was left behind.
Nonchalantly, he retrieved a mobile from a shelve and just asked me dourly whether it was mine. "Yes," I replied, with relief and thanked him appreciatively. He revealed that a foreign domestic worker had found it and passed it to him.
I had lost a Motorola in a taxi and a Samsung on an airplane before and I am sure many of us would have excruciating stories of missing or stolen phones to share.
On any given day when our vital personal belongings such as wallet, keys or phones go missing, we would have more than just a bad hair day, so to speak. History serves us well when we learn from it.
My thanks go out to the kind soul who returned my phone anonymously on Christmas Eve 2015. Christmas is still Christmas without the turkey for me, but had my phone been stolen, it would have jolted my Christmas but not hijack it though.
Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!!