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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Family Christmas Photos - 2011

Morning before Christmas Day and at bed time, EJ asked me,
What time is Santa Claus coming to bring my presents?
I said,
No one knows. He comes around when everyone is asleep.
I don't want to spoil his idea of Christmas, of Santa Claus and the fun and joy that it brings to him so that's what I told him.

What does Christmas meant for most of us? To pig out on scrumptious yet unhealthy food? Is it time to party all day? Or is it the most awaited day to receive presents?

For most kids worldwide, it is the day they wait for Santa Claus to bring them presents. Here are some photos of EJ opening presents from "Santa Claus".

On the second thought, what if everything was lost just a few days before Christmas? How would you feel? If it didn't happen to you, what do you feel for them? Would you still buy or crave for an expensive present, party all day and pig out on Christmas dinner? I wish a lot of people do their fair share of helping not only for and on Christmas Day. But also, to keep helping tragedy survivors (e.g. Typhoon Washi survivors) at least, until they can build their homes again. This Christmas day, I didn't want to prepare something extravagant because I feel bad that a lot of people in Southern part of Philippines are starving and worse, lost their homes because of typhoon.

Nonetheless, Christmas Day for us is a family day. Every year, since I got back to the Philippines, we gather together at my place during the Christmas week. It is our time to bond, play games, cook our favorite meals. I am at my happiest moment whenever my whole family is together and I thank God for having such a great loving family. I don't wish for anything else in the world except for my whole family to be together.

I kept my son busy even when he kept asking,

Mommy, I'm hungry. When are we having lunch?

No one remembered to take pictures of our Christmas lunch but maybe because it wasn't a lot like we usually have on Christmas. We had totally random meal, unplanned, uncoordinated and very late lunch: beef pochero, roasted chicken (which was roasted from my mini oven!), tuna macaroni salad, chocolate cake, chocolate bear lollipops and leche flan.

Anyhow, my sisters and I have kept the Christmas spirit up despite the very late lunch and we decided to do the exchange gift early afternoon.  I suggested this Christmas exchange gift first week of December and I'm hoping that this will be another part of family tradition just for the fun of it.  Budget was from Php100.00 (Philippines Peso) and up, as long as it is something that can be useful to the receiver of the gift, which was kept secret to most of us until that day.

Here are some photos from the exchange gift event:

I volunteered to start the exchange gift and it turned out that my sister Joy and I had picked our names. I gifted her a mug with small teddy bear and 6 pairs of spoon and forks. She got me a cute angry bird coin purse.   EJ gifted his Daddy a yellow Adidas shirt, Seamus gifted a cooking pan to my sister Josie, Rudolph (EJ's cousin) gifted EJ a lunch box and water bottle, forgot what others got, but most of us got angry bird stuff. We all had fun with the surprise of knowing who was gifting who and what we got.

And, of course, I'm not forgetting about the new member of the family, Waggy. He was dressed in red too like most of us.

 Finally, here are random photos from same day:

And, the best shot of the day was:

Waggy and Rhian
Wouldn't you agree?

We don't have video clip this year but thought of sharing this one which was taken two years ago in Fairville Homes. Look how long and curly was EJ's hair!

Happy Holidays!

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