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Sharing precious moments with hungry minds in India. And sadly, hungry stomachs too.

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Day 24: National Chocolate Day

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The picture says it all. You know exactly where that delicious chocolate belongs…. and it rhymes with yummy…. ūüėČ

It’s now only 1 day until Christmas and I must say I’m going to miss our Advent activities.

So to go out with a bang, here’s the whole list of ADVENTuring we did. Today’s your last chance to catch up with whatever you’ve missed.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year 2017! Cheers!

Day 22: Make a child smile

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There’s nothing more heart-warming than the innocent, trusting smile of a child. Wouldn’t you be delighted to be at the receiving end of that magnificent radiance?

Honestly, it isn’t even hard to make a child smile. I recently saw how parents of a 3 year old, gifted her a beautifully wrapped paper clip. The little darling was so grateful that she couldn’t stop thanking her folks and gushing about how happy she was! A child really does know what’s important- to love and be loved. Everything else is secondary. We were once children too. Have we forgotten?

Today’s a chance to reconnect with that by-gone time and make a little one smile.

Now it’s only 3 days until Christmas…..

Day 19: Bake

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It’s not much longer until Christmas. So while we’re waiting, I figured we could use the time to bake.

The place I come from, Goa, celebrates its Liberation Day today. Being a state holiday, families use the free day in preparation for Christmas. I grew up with the tradition of making goodies with the family every 19th of December. Pots, pans and flour flew all over the place as Kormolas, Neureos and Nankatais merrily roasted themselves to perfection. As a kid it was my job to shape the cookies and sweets. What a glorious, beautiful, happy mess I made.

Since I moved halfway across the world last year, I will miss my family-goodie-making session today. I’m comforted by the promise of¬†seeing my family in under a week.

I hope you can bake or make some Christmas delicacies today. The hard work pays off in the end when you inhale the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread rolls, crisp cinnamon stars and warm apple strudel! What bliss when these exquisite tastes warm your soul. Christmas is definitely almost here…in 6….

PS- Happy Liberation Day to my fellow Goenkars!

Also, Christmas is a time to be together and my heart goes out to those that might have to spend it alone. To those in Goa reading this- if you or anyone you know would like to share Christmas lunch with my family and I, we have a place at our table. Do send me a private message and let me know.

Day 17: Pillow fight!

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This one’s in honour of those good old times… when as kids we hadn’t a care in the world and the worst thing was a bruised knee.

Now, battered and torn as we are; I prescribe the perfect stress-buster: the time tested, zero investment, child-invented pillow fight.o

Whether it’s just you and your pillow or more pillow-ers at the party, go all out and let your inner child run wild!!

Day 6: Christmas Tongue Twister Challenge

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First off, Happy St. Nicholas Day! Did you get coal or cookies in your shoes? You still have time if you haven’t caught up with this tradition yet. Check this here.

Christmas and holidays make a lot of us sluggish. To ensure we have at least some amount of brain-mouth coordination left, I invite you to say, “Eleven elves licked eleven little licorice lollipops.” 10 times. Fast.

Have you got yourself all tangled up yet? I managed two before sounding like a toddler learning to talk.

For the twister experts out there, how about-Molly merrily mixes mincemeat.

Now that your brain is well and truly muddled up, finish it off with- ¬†Santa’s short suit shrunk.

Hahaha! Believe it or not, ¬†tongue twisters not only improve your speech but also those brain cells. Keep them coming. Stay funny and stay smart! Here’s a whole list I found.¬†What’s your favourite?

Have you had any special/funny/inspiring ADVENTurous moments?¬†I’d love to hear from you!