Celebrating Christmas for What It IS About

2015 Christmas. It took me 33 years to get here but in the larger scheme of things, I got here nice and early. I trust, too, through God’s guidance.

Got where? Well, I got to celebrate Christmas for what it is about. Truly.

What IS Christmas about?  Simple. (Don’t be fooled by the photos.)

Happy birthday, JESUS!

It is the celebration of the 1st coming of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. And an anticipation of His 2nd coming. The latter not so generally chorused but something I personally celebrate together with the school of Christians who also celebrate this.

Advent [meaning: to expect, to anticipate, the coming] was sacred for me. I’ve never even given Advent much thought in the past other than the chocolate advent calendar. Again, this year, God blessed me with this time to experience Advent.

Practically, how do all of this differ from my past Christmas celebrations? Well,

  1. No stressing over presents and decorations
  2. No stressing over throwing an X’mas party like I’m celebrating my own birthday
  3. Keeping close to the Word (and boy, does that transform you)
  4. Clothing myself with the glory of God and hopefully, letting that shine bright to those around me about the true meaning of Christmas
  5. More time with Jesus, less time with my ‘own effort’

What was the result?

  1. I am 200% happier from within
  2. My life has transformed from the inside out. There is true joy, peace and calm amidst the usually busy and festive time of the year
  3. My family benefits from my transformation
  4. I am proud that I bring my Saviour glory

And how did those changes come about?

  1. The first was the tick off my 2015 NY Resolution – to be baptised. Some friends who have yet to know Christ chuckle at my ‘tender age’ to make this proclamation. I smile because in some ways, they are right. My spiritual age is tender and the baptism is symbolic of my rebirth to this life. This important step in my life has paved the way for so much of my spiritual growth this year.
  2. Holy Yoga has played the most significant part of this transformation. The community, the ministry work that keeps me grounded to The Word, the meditation, the connection with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
  3. Being a part of a community; a Christ-loving community. It has been my biggest blessing to be surrounded by my Holy Yoga Family, my church congregation and finally, my dear family.

So, Christmas is now behind me. I have the new year to look forward to. When I do everything in His glory, I get my returns in 10 fold.

I’m almost sad that Christmas is over. But I rejoice in the fact that this year is the beginning to many that will bring the real meaning of the celebration to my family and friends.

Jerusalem Cross Meaning | All The Way from Jerusalem

A prized possession from dear cousin returning from Jerusalem – A hand-made Jerusalem Cross (aka Crusaders’ Cross). The best Christmas gift… Thank you! 🙏🏻

The Jerusalem Cross has also been accepted to be an unofficial symbol of Christian Deism. It contains memory helps that point to twenty words that paraphrase the statements that Jesus used to describe the essence of his message. The 20 words are: “There is one God. I will love God with all my heart and love all others as I love myself.” — [Source : Wikipedia.com]

  

Christmas Wreath Meaning & Christmas Yoga Flow 

   
 We had a fun class today outdoors doing power, working around our mats in a circular flow around the mat symbolising the Christmas Wreath. We learnt about the Advent wreath and what it symbolises. Circle = Christ’s salvation bringing eternity

  1. Green(ery) around the leaves = Hope 
  2. 4 candles = We are the light of God
  3. 3 candle colours:
  4. White = Purity of Christ
  5. Royal/Light Blue = #Loyalty of Christ/ The Sky (look up in anticipation)
  6. Pink/Rose = #Joy

There you go!

HoYo Is More Than The Yoga | Crispy Prawn Dumplings

This is what we all love about HoYo. So far, we have had students come to class sharing not just our love of yoga and testimonies but sharing things like home-grown Rosemary herbs and today, sharing home-made Cantonese delicacies! There’s so much love in sharing. Thank you for your dim sum today, Dora!
God blesses us!