Christmas Weekend


This is one of my long posts hence, do continue reading only if you have enough time to spare.
I hope all my dear friends across the world had a peaceful and joyful Christmas. This post is mainly about how I celebrated Christmas. Don’t get the wrong idea that I had an extravaganza Christmas this time, nor do I ever had or wish for. Almost two weeks itself, I had made up my mind that this time I will have to face Christmas: a lone Christmas. Since it’s on Sunday, the option of going and getting back from home in time was not possible and I am doomed to stay away from home for some particular reasons. So instead of worrying too much about the things which I can’t change, I thought to make the best out of the worst/tough situation where I am now. From last seven years, I have been part of Goa and I never missed any Christmas except last years which was in Mumbai. So what all can I do to keep a joyful Christmas this time?  

I spent most of my lazy free time at my balcony and hence I thought of doing something pleasant there. To break the routine of putting stars for Christmas, I selected colorful Glass Candle lanterns and candles for bringing light 🙂  I had roamed at one of my favorite shops in Panjim (99 rupees Shop) for grabbing different colors of glass candle lanterns.  Those brittle glasses were so much able to fill me with joy 🙂 🙂 🙂 I am happy whenever I saw them.One more thing makes me happy whenever I look at it, a MEMORY WALL, a poster made of my cherished memories and people of my life (Due to some personal pics in the collection, I will be posting them later) 😉 :p 


Friday I had a random plan to watch the movie DANGAL (the best movie i watched so far in 2016). For Christmas day, I downloaded few Hallmark’s  Christmas movies. All were happy ending movies 🙂 Saturday started late for me, I woke up late and with a black coffee and video talk with PP (WordPress nickname for my better half) Skipped my lunch and also did a tiny silver haul from THE KO SHOP ( a famous silver brand) for nose studs I could get a wolf,  pigeon, and few normal ones 😉 😀  


Christmas Silver Shopping


Rushed to market for grabbing some vegetables, spices, and meat. My fridge announced strike from last month onwards and couldn’t attend it’s need since I am one among those research scholars whose stipend is pending from last three months. Living under the mercy of parents 😦  I need to finish all my nonvegetarian cooking on that night itself. At the market, I received season greetings from an unknown lady while she saw me taking lettuce. I felt so good 🙂 By the time I got back to room, I was late for my music class. I am performing Carnatic Classical group song for the upcoming foundation day program of my institute. Unfortunately, it is on Jan 1st and hence can’t think of a boozed new year :p I will post on the program later (fingers crossed).  Back from the class, I started my tasks skipping the much tedious room arrangement part. I am too messy…

I kept everything for marination while I heard about my friends going to Arpora Saturday Night market. Every plan changed and so I decided to keep all the meat in friend’s fridge and have dinner on the way to market. It was so chilling night and traveling in two wheeler was even more fun. I could see the Christmas decorations from expensive restaurants, big mansions to the tiny village houses in the interior of Goa. I had 45 minutes drive to reach the market and so many different images, every home, every church, every shop were decorated with lights, stars from basic handmade ones to the costly chandeliers. At the market, there were lots of tiny shops for clothing, leather, ornaments, lamps, and live music too. You can check them here Saturday Nite Market

Unusually, I decided to attend the Holy Mass this time and English version was scheduled on Sunday morning 9.30am. I went to bed at 2.30 am after the roaming from market, setting alarm at 8.05am. I woke up with the Christmas wish from the mother. It was already 9.41am. OMG!!! How did I miss waking up! I checked the alarm settings, I had kept the alarm for Monday to Friday 😀 😀 😀 Somehow I could manage to be at church by 10.05am.  I had a very peaceful time there. I made sure that I expressed my gratefulness for the whole year. 


Christmas Crib at Church



Madera wine was a new attempt for me. The color, odor and taste was really good. After the morning breakfast of beef and pancake (dosa) at my friends mess together with wine and cake (from my side). I felt lazy to cook and spent my afternoon with Christmas movies. Evening, I started cooking for my dinner together with an old classic Malayalam movie ‘ Kakkathamburatti” from 1960’s.

For this Christmas, I made chicken for the first time with less help and for a horror, I decided to adopt one recipe from one of my Blog Friend who is a Chef, Sumith. His blog has got so many tasty dishes and due to my limited facilities, I chose to try out Kerala Spiced Chicken Drumsticks.  You can check the original recipe here .My dish didn’t come up to the mark yet I am happy that I did it. I thank him for helping me out with the easy recipe suggestion 🙂 



I tried out making a salad with lettuce, apple, carrot, cherry, pepper, apple cider vinegar and honey.  That was an experimental dish, which didn’t let me fail, may be I could do some modifications in the future. 

I made veg pulao and chicken curry. Also for a change made my detox drink since I had leftovers of ginger, mint, lemon and cucumber (just added honey).By the time I finished preparation, it was almost 7.45pm. Made an instant cleaning for room and myself. Light the lanterns and set my dinner: a lone dinner. I wasn’t that hungry even though I skipped my lunch.  With a beautiful movie, I slowly ate my Christmas Dinner (I believe this could be my last lone Christmas)….


My Christmas dinner


About elaine ecosmith

Dreaming to be a marine conservation biologist. Hold passion for books and to write on random sparks which could result in essay, poetry or fiction. Love movies and music. I believe in finding peace with oneself and always have gratitude for all what you have got 😊☺️

37 responses to “Christmas Weekend

  1. isolation during festive season is troublesome to handle. I wish this is your last deserted xmas..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. BTW i love those nose pins you look pretty

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Yummy! 😍 Thanks for the effort Elaine! Such a lively post,actually it to us to those splendid places along with your words. Wolf is stunning!! And the clicks fab too. And I too watched Christmas time films, my picks was Sleepless In Seattle and You Got Mail.. loved them. How can a Tom Hanks film go wrong! 🙂 Keep sharing, they are great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. You did a fantastic job keeping the spirit of Christmas alive. And the feast you cooked up looks splendid, specially the Chicken…. The Madeira was a nice addition. I hope you liked its taste. I absolutely love it. But I sincerely hope that you get to spend the next festive season with friends or family. Have a great year ahead!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Aww…first time self made drumsticks….
    Spending time for self, makes you really different…


  6. Superb post Elaine and a merry Christmas to you dear. 👌👌👌👌🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jim

    it looks delicious. hope it ate well for you.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Shru

    I truly lovd reading this blog. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Wonderful post …Merry Christmas dear Sister

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Happy Christmas & Happy New Year Elaine, I loved the lanterns and your silver studs, it sounds like you had time to replenish yourself and relax. Some of the best Christmases are that way.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Post lengthy aayathukondu samayam kittumbol vaayikkam ennu karuthi !!
    Enna Research a cheyunne ??
    Allenkilum neratthinu stipend kittiyittulla fellows aarum jeevichirippilla ! Kashtamaayippoi…
    Salad kandittu kazhikkan thonnunnu…Good decision to make detox drink from what was available.
    Climaxil better half keri vannu surprise tharum ennokkey karuthiya njan thudangiyathu…
    Bhaviyilulla ella christmasukalum kudumbatthinoppam aavan prardhikkam !!!

    Happy New Year!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I am pursuing my PhD in Marine Sciences, wishing to be a Marine Biologist/Oceanographer 🙂
      U r right, nerathinu stipend kittaan oru UGC scholar inum vidhiyillaa. Salad okke udaayippu thattikkoottalle 🙂 Detox drink I used regular but stopped due to cold. Better Half entry cheyyaan iniyum kurachukoodi time undu…” Marana Mass Entry ” 😀 😀 😀
      thank u for the wishes 🙂 Stay Blessed 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  12. ഇത് സംഭവബഹുലമാണ്..ഇവിടെ ഒരു പ്ലം കേക്ക് പോലും ഓസിന് കിട്ടിയില്ല. 😥 😥

    Liked by 1 person

    • ithu pinne… ottakku engane happy aakaam, engaged aayi irikkam ennu nokkiyatha :p


      • ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് ആവുന്നത് ചിലപ്പോഴൊക്കെ നല്ല രസാണ്. ഞാന്‍ ഗള്‍ഫില്‍ രണ്ട് കൊല്ലം ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് ഒരു റൂമില്‍ ഒരു ഓഫീസില്‍ ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് അങ്ങനെ ആയിരുന്നു..പുസ്തകം ഒക്കെ വായിക്കാന്‍ തോന്നും കവിത കേള്‍ക്കാന്‍ തോന്നും. പക്ഷേ കൂടെ ആള്‍ക്കാര്‍ ആയാല്‍ ആ ഇഷ്ടങ്ങളൊക്കെ പോവും

        Liked by 1 person

      • yeah, we get deviated a lot 😦 its always necessary to find some personal time 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  13. Beautiful post! Hope you had great Christmas. I am so glad you liked my recipe and photos look’s fabulous! In between I love madeira wine and glad to know you live in Goa. One of my favourate holiday destination.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank u so much Sumith for ur suggestion orelse i wouldnt have attempted it. I am a foodie but never went out of my conservative track when it comes to cooking. Basically I dont utilize my time enjoying cooking. 😦 I will try more whenever I get time to give a self pampering time 🙂 I found the wine pretty good 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Nice post….☺🙂🤗😗

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Earth Vagabonds

Early Retirement Budget Travel

Acquiring a Taste

"We were given appetites, not to consume the world and forget it, but to taste its goodness and hunger to make it great." -Robert Farrar Capon

Ageing Without Children

for a positive later life without children

Ann Perrin

A kaleidoscope of articles, news, views, photos, passions - loving life, art, nature, writing poetry and coping with the madness of moving from London to Brighton later in life.

The Willow Tree


FranGallo's Blog

Just another weblog

Travelblog Leen & Steven

Sailing Sheet Music

Follow along on our adventure!

Finding My Way

Seeing The World, Threw My Eyes. 

My Hearts Choices

Spiritual,creative, writing,healing-work practising, multidimensional spiritual being with ocasional human experience


satisfy your soul

Autism and expectations

The thoughts of an autistic woman

7 Saffron Street

Food, Photography, Travelogues and Stories

What an Amazing World!

Seeing, feeling and exploring places and cultures of the world

%d bloggers like this: