13 Days to Christmas

This year our gift to our neighbours will be Christmas Mince Pies – little ones, in trays of 6. The kids will decorate the cardboard sleeves that will go over the pie trays when we hand them out. The inscription on the card will read something like this:  “Merry Christmas…

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40 Days of blogger Thank You!

I’ve been actively trying my hand at blogging now for 40 days. It’s been a journey, a work in progress but mostly fun. The Mother Load blog has had more than 4,000 hits since 1 November 2012. It’s not going to take over the world but I’m really happy that…

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What does Christmas look like when you have a living God?

The other day I shared Preetika’s story in What does a Hindu Christmas look like? Then I learnt that there are different levels under Hinduism. Shaynil Lalla taught me this. He explained to me that one could approach this in a hierarchical manner as you would Christianity with it’s many…

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14 Days to Christmas

All the grandparents in our family live in cities other than our own. I’ll be getting the kids to write letters to their grandparents to tell them anything they want to. We’ll include a drawing or two and possibly an item that each of the kids think their grandparents would…

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What does a Hindu Christmas look like?

My friend Preetika Ajoodha was born and raised in Johannesburg Fordsburg into a Gujarati Hindu family. She is one of few remaining people who really love LONG phone calls and will always volunteer to call you back – she works for a major Telecomms network which apparently affords generous privileges…

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15 Days to Christmas

15 Days to Christmas also means 15 days into the school holidays for us… By this stage I’m kaput so today is as good a day as any to remember what I should be grateful for. This time our Gratitude day will be a family affair. The things the kids…

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16 Days to Christmas

As the days draw closer to Christmas and the time is almost here for us to pack our bags and head to the seaside, we’ll be making gift wrap and baubles to hang on the tree at our holiday destination. I’ll upload pics as soon as we’re done with this…

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17 Days to Christmas

Being nice isn’t difficult. We just forget that sometimes. There really is something gratifying and fulfilling about knowing you did something for someone with no strings attached. Giving is a gift in itself. We could all do with a bit of kindness in our lives and heaven knows there are…

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Caffeinated conversations

Let’s kick this post off with a dash of Penelope Cruz shall we? I’m not exactly the target audience for the beautiful Ms Cruz but I will be the first to admit that I love the way the multi-syllabic-NESPRESSO sounds when she says it. First there was the “Breakfast Gang”,…

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18 Days to Christmas

We have always used the holidays to give the message to our kids that if you don’t make room for good to enter then it can’t. It works well to get the kids into the ‘spirit’ of giving and thinking about other people who may benefit from toys and clothing…

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