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Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?

Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?
Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?

Christmas is over and what a Christmas it was!! Glitz and glitter everywhere. Every house and every tree shimmering in beautiful colorful lights. Holiday songs playing on radio and television. Everybody shopping for gifts and every store outdoing itself in throwing holiday deals.

Christmas was in the air. Everywhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?

Except, on social networking platforms, where war of word is going on about the showing offย of Christmas Gifts.

Big Question is – If we should post the picture of Gifts that we have given to our kids for Christmas?

Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?

Some argue, that this is a way of showing off of how much you can afford? How much you can spend on your gifts? How expensive your gifts are and how many of them you have bought?

Would it be called bragging, if you are posting a picture of your Kid with 10 gifts under Christmas tree for him?ย 

Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?

Every parent wants to give their child the very best of the world, but not every parent can afford a new Tablet/Phone, or a brand new Video Game. Does that mean, that they love their kids any less? Or, should their kids feel less blessed this Christmas?

But, there is also another viewpoint. The perspective that it is a festive season, and holidays are for pampering your kids and loved ones with toys and gifts of expensive nature. If not now then when? You would love to have your kid to have that brand new video game this Christmas, if this is what he was longing for. So what’s wrong with that? If you want to post a picture of your elated kid with his Gifts, then what is wrong with kid? Everyone wants to see a Happy Child.

Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?
Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?

As they say, to each his own. In this case too, it depends on what are you trying to convey to the world and to your kid too. Ultimately, Christmas is the festival celebrating birth of Jesus, who has given everything for the less fortunate ones.

It is a festival of giving. Let us teach our kids importance of giving, along with rejoicing the joys of receiving.

Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?
Has Showing Off of Gifts, Taken Over The Spirit Of Christmas?

On that note Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!

Mouthwatering Monday โ€“ Egg and Potato Fritters

Egg and Potato Fritters by Jyoti Singh
Egg and Potato Fritters

Egg and Potato fritters, were an experiment turned out good. Just to tell you, all my experiments are not as successful. I tried making raspberry pie last week, which looked like a disaster, although it tasted yummy; but we will talk about my failures sometime later (never). Today we will just make some fritters, with potato and eggs. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Ingredients

Method

  • Except egg, mix all the other ingredients in a bowl to make a sticky dough.
  • Roll this mix into small balls of 2 inches and flat them with your hand.
  • Heat oil in a shallow pan on low heat.
  • Whisk your egg a little to mix yellow part and add a pinch of salt to it.
  • Roll small dough balls into egg mixture thoroughly.
  • Fry these fritters on low heat, turning them both sides, till they are golden brown.
  • Keep in mind to heat on low flame, as egg cook easily so we have to give some time to potatoes for cooking.
  • Take them out, and serve with chutney or ranch/dip of your choice.
Egg and Potato Fritters by Jyoti Singh
Egg and Potato Fritters

They should be served hot. Best combination is with tea or coffee. Enjoy this snack while I am off to learn about pies. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Egg and Potato Fritters by Jyoti Singh
Egg and Potato Fritters

 

Enjoy!!!

 

P.S. My cooking is experimental. You will find many similar and different recipes, but the idea is to explore your food and do experiments with it. Enjoy Cooking Experiments and Experiences ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday Talkies โ€“ RIP Robin Williams – Genies don’t die

Today, I wanted to write about the movie I watched this weekend, but the moment I sat down to write, I heard the sad news of Robin Williams demise. Couldn’t write anything else now.

It feels unbelievable and shocking, how can a person who was making us laugh for decades, has suddenly gone away, leaving us in tears. Indeed it’s true, those who can make us smile are the same ones, who can make us cry too.

Wherever he is now, I wish that he will be happy and peaceful.

Genies don’t die, they just change their lamps. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Along Came A Spider

Along Came A Spider
Along Came A Spider

 

A thrilling, fast paced novel filled with gory details., but this is not all which can be said about James Patterson’s famous novel โ€œAlong Came A Spiderโ€. For the lovers of thrillers and psychotic characters, this could be among the best choices, but if you are not very fond of insane characters, than go take a nap instead.

 

This novel takes a very good start by building the very gruesome foundation for our psychotic character Gary Sonezi, who starts off by kidnapping and killing an infant mercilessly. You can guess easily what he is capable of doing, if he starts his killing spree in such a sick way.

 

To match this psychotic killer we have our very own hero in the form of Alex Cross, the famous homicide detective who is determined and passionate about his work. Main plot starts off with kidnapping of two kids, one girl Maggie Rose and her friend, Shrimpie asย  known popularly . What makes this kidnapping, a crime of the century, is the fact that both the kids belong to the affluent families, one being kid of a celebrity and other one of treasury. In-fact the kids had their own personal bodyguards assigned to them by the secret services for protection.

 

Alex Cross is assigned to solve this kidnapping, along with Jezzie, from the Secret Services, who later becomes his love interest too. The mastermind of kidnapping, Gary Sonezi is shown as a cruel and devilish person, who has no remorse or soul, indeed he is a brilliant plotter who is always two steps ahead of Cross and whole bunch of secret service personnel. He comes across as one who makes backup plan, of a backup plan. Still he was caught in a very dramatic way. Later, however it does looked like, that this was also a part of his terrific plan.

 

Their is one interesting twist to the whole story, when even the kidnapper got duped by some opportunists. Incidentally Gary Sonezi, trustsย Alex Cross to solve the final mystery more than himself or the police. Their is also a dramatic turn of events with a double personality disorder, which was actually being shown marvelously.

 

Now, coming to the points where this novel lacks, is number one it is pretty boring in the second half. It seemed to stretch beyond a point making it dull and heavy. At one point you just want to put down the book, but you are hanging only to see if Gary received the punishment he deserved. Romance is exaggerated and in such a boring taste. You can yawn easily between the love making sessions. They talk as if no two lovers or even normal persons talk to each other. What disgust me about this novel is the Racism card, which was played over and over. Their was no such need to glorify it or to make it such a big deal. It was like getting distracted by something which is so out of place for this kind of a book.

 

Only thing that this book needs is a better editing.Rest, it is a marvelous story told beautifully.

Cutest Bye Bye

Cutest Bye Bye
Cutest Bye Bye

Do you say Bye when you leave for the market or gym?

You may or may not be doing it everyday and to everyone. But, I am sure of one thing you would not be doing. Saying bye to your home.

My kids, do that. So, whenever they leave their home they say bye bye to everyone and everything that is left behind, like our home. And this they do every time, even when they are going away just for few minutes. Sweet right?

Yesterday, while going to gym I heard the cutest bye bye from them.

When we were leaving I heard Tisha saying – โ€œBye bye Home. No crying, okay. I will come. I love you. Okay. Bye. I will come soon.โ€

Lucky Home ๐Ÿ™‚

Then Otu also joined her and they both sing bye bye to everything, yes everything.

โ€œBye bye car (to the other parked cars), bye bye tree, bye bye dogie (dog), bye chair, bye bye ball…..โ€.

Guess, my home is blessed with kids having Love for everyone and everything. ๐Ÿ™‚