Tuesday, 25 December 2012

In the mood for Xmas

GEORGE TOWN: The spirit of the season is apparent in many churches here as they are being spruced up for Christmas.

Many churches, including the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Island Park and the Church of the Immaculate Conception, are going for decorations which remind their congegration of the presence of God in their lives.

The Cathedral's assistant priest, Rev Father Martin Arlando, said the decorations were created in conjunction with its grand Christmas musical titled God Speaking.

The musical will be held today at 8.30pm.

“The message of the musical this Christmas is that God is speaking to us through various means,” he said.

The church had also set up a Christmas tree while a baby crib representing the nativity scene had been placed outside.

The Christmas mood has set in at the Immaculate Conception in Pulau Tikus with its entrance being decorated with lights strung up in the shape of a tree to greet its parishioners.

In the church, an empty crib has been placed in front of the altar.

Rev Father Michael Cheah said the baby Jesus figurine would only be placed inside the crib during mass on Christmas Eve.

However, Christmas decorations are not just confined to the churches or shopping malls, a luxury apartment here has also joined in the cheer.

Twinkling lights, lovely trees with colourful baubles and Santa Claus making his “Christmas touchdown” have brought the festivities to a posh apartment in 99 Kelawei Road to another level.

An owner of one of the units, who wanted to be known only as E. Tan, said: “I have been prepping for the Yuletide season since early this year as we needed time to complete the design. The Santa Claus figure was meticulously handcarved by skilled artists.

“This is the second consecutive year the apartment has been beautifully decorated with snowmen, candy canes and snowflakes,” Tan told The Star.

The life-sized Santa Claus atop the pile of “snow” made from polystyrene foam was handcarved and handpainted and accompanied by other Christmas decorations such as angels, a Santarina, candy canes, a golden reindeer and Christmas gifts.

It was put up by Visual Art and Decor workshop since early this month.

Tan said she wanted all to feel the magic of Christmas by taking the lead to beautify the neighbourhood with twinkling lights and spectacular displays.

The Christmas decorations with a striking display of colourful lights and three beautiful trees also caught the attention of several pedestrians.

Students Loh Wei Hau, 24, from Perak and Liu Yang, 20, from Xi'an, China, were impressed with the unique assortment of grand Christmas decorations.

“We have been to several shopping malls in Penang but this traditional Christmas theme idea is simply stunning,” said Liu.


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