Christmas isn't Christmas......

December 24, 2015

Christmas isn't Christmas...

... 'till it happens in your heart. But such is the reality today. Apart from the never-ending Christmas jingles we happily sing to and the hardcore present-hunt during Christmas sales, many people forget that Christmas is also a time of remembrance of the wonderful gift of Christ to us.

For the first time ever, in a joint effort with a few lecturers, the dental cell group of University of Malaya visits a humble home for the elderly in Section 12 to share the love and joy of Christmas, only to be rewarded with a wonderful experience this year-end :)

To be honest, some of us were rather reluctant to join the plan at first when Dr. Jacob suggested it a few weeks ago, especially when our dental student life is already so demanding with tons of tasks waiting to be done. Nevertheless, we decided to clear our schedule for that Sunday afternoon to do something different this time with much anticipation (though uncertain of any expectation).

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Madam Phyllis, the founder of this caring home, and she introduced us to the people there.

All eyes were on us as we laid a very late lunch/early tea on the table outside while doing our best to churn out conversations in the midst of the stiff silence.

"Hi aunty! What's your name?"
"My name is Margaret. But everybody calls me baby."
"Oh, so can I call you baby too?"
"My name is Margaret. But everybody calls me baby."
"Okay. So I'll call you aunty Margaret."

We sang a few Christmas carols together. I was on the keyboard while Jane played the guitar. Just like how we usually go about during carolling, we sang 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' and 'Feliz Navidad' at the end, and all of us went around wishing each other with handshakes and hugs.

It was a very heart warming experience to see how our highly respected doctors got down-to-earth in showing care and love towards these people in the home. I learnt that no matter how reputable your job is, more respect is gained when you have a heart to bless others.

We then proceeded to give out Christmas gift packs that we have prepared for every 'aunty' and 'uncle' there. Toothpaste and denture adhesives were also some of the gifts haha! Since we are all dental students/dentists, we gave a bit of oral health advice to them individually as well :p

With much delight on everyone's faces, Dr Jacob gave the green light for food to be served. Thanks to the lecturers and sister Pauline, we had croissants, apple pie, fruit tarts, macaroni, fried meehoon, turkey.... There were just too much on our plates. Literally.

By the end of the day, I cannot seem to aptly describe how I felt. All in all, it was.... fulfilling :) (both the experience AND the food heheh). We reached out to bless others, only to be rewarded with their most heartfelt smiles and gratitude.

As cliché as it sounds, it is inevitably true that it is more blessed to give than to receive. I want to learn to give more and not withhold the love that I have already received from our Father.

"Thank you so much! They will definitely remember this day." - Mdm. Phyllis

 Merry Christmas friends! Have a wonderful one.

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