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Last year on my FB wall I wrote, You will always love the memories that Christmas brings no matter how simple the celebration is.

I feel so sleepy but I can’t go back to sleep. I only had four hours of sleep last night and woke up at 5:30 am. I saw mom earlier that she was already awake. She didn’t join us last night because she was deep asleep. I prepared breakfast for her, lumpiang shanghai and a slice of bibingka which we haven’t touched last night. Then Josef ordered breakfast at Jollibee this morning. Could not resist the aroma it brings. It’ll probably take two more days before we could eat all these. I still prepared pork afritada yesterday for lunch today. They will be spending the afternoon at Jovy’s grandma’s place.

I love all those photos posted by relatives and friends – family gatherings, so much food and gifts galore. The Filipinos always make it a point to celebrate despite the very high price of basic commodities and the high cost of living nowadays. For me, as long as we are together, it doesn’t really matter whether there is enough food on the table. As usual,there are no photos of the family but I took one of our noche buena meal.

Bibingka, buchi, lumpiang Shanghai, roasted chicken,spaghetti and ice cream for dessert. Ice cream in the middle of the night? We didn’t touch it though.

Blessed CHRISTMAS to all my WordPress friends🎄✨️🎉😘💜

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Today is the eve of the much-awaited Christmas day. Though our Noche Buena would be simple this time, I still look forward to twelve midnight where we share and rejoice in Jesus’ coming. I have given my gifts to mom and the kids. Let us not forget why we celebrate CHRISTmas.

It is also the 9th morning of the dawn masses but I finished Simbang Gabi last night. Two of my favorite priests had concelebrated mass last night. Fr. Pao delivered a touching and a very inspiring homily which reminds me, I love to share it on my wall so I could listen to it time and again.

Yesterday, we had Christmas lunch with Nissa’s family. I just cooked carbonara pasta and we ordered the rest online – 2 roasted chicken, grilled pork liempo and bangus. Had two flavors of ice cream for dessert. We exchanged gifts and Nissa gave me a set of bedsheet, table cloth and table runner plus a box of tea infusion from Marks and Spencer with matching tea biscuits. They also brought with them an umbrella and a broom from Baguio. Nate was so happy with his Christmas gifts, I also gave him cash for his birthday last month. Although they didn’t stay long, it was a lovely reunion. They watched Eraserheads concert the previous night and came home late so they were sleepy. Eraserheads is a famous local band in the country. Nissa told me that even if the tickets were so expensive, it was all worth it.

Come to think of it, we didn’t have picture-taking except for the two shots I took while we were praying before lunch.

Oh, my order of lumpiang shanghai has just been delivered.

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone❤🌲🥂🎄🎁

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Yes, we lost dad on this same day fifteen years ago and I try to write about him every year on his birthday and death anniversary. Memories kept, memories treasured.

We were still in grade school in the province when dad took his yearly Christmas break and he would join us for our simple Noche Buena and Media Noche. There used to be a cooperative inside the university where he worked and every December, the administration give the employees’ share of the earnings of the coop. Coupons were exchanged for groceries and other necessities that the employees could buy. We’ll always look forward to Dad’s Christmas vacation armed with various groceries – canned goods, quezo de bola, Granny Smith apples and sometimes school supplies. Us kids were not used to eating quezo de bola so it usually stays in the basket for a month. Mom’s cousin, our teacher in grade school liked it a lot. Before, hams come in tins unlike now where they cook it fresh.

Every year, there was this fund drive by students of UST High School department where they gather used clothing and give them to the employees when December comes. Dad would bring home a big box of assorted clothes and Mom would distribute them to our neighbors and some relatives. Mom would choose around five then she would alter them for me. She was good at sewing. We had an old Singer machine which is still in the province. Some of my classmates in grade school thought we bought a lot of dresses every December for me but they were just overhauled second hand clothes that Dad used to bring home.

Dad was fond of having his white hair removed, 5 cents for each. I had a piggy bank where I would keep my earnings back then.

Those days that made life wonderful and happy. I miss him…stiĺl. Maybe he is looking down on us with that smiling face. Praying for you dad🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️😘🥰😍

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It was a quiet Christmas eve. Although there were firecrackers, they were few and far between. Gone are the kids who do carolling at the start of the Advent season shouting with their merry voices accompanied by improvised tin cans.

It used to be when Christmas morning , you will see kids in their finery shouting namamasko po at your door accompanied by non-stop barking of the dogs. Maybe they are also afraid to go out because of the pandemic.

For Noche Buena, we had a simple fare of bibingka, puto bongbong, menudo, bagnet, roasted liempo and potato salad. Nissa, Obet and Nate will be coming over tomorrow to celebrate with us.

Merry, merry CHRISTmas every one.

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🌲⛄Little Christmas tree,

No one to buy you,

Give yourself to me

My little Christmas tree🌲☃️

This is fun, decorating a 3 ft. Christmas tree. Our 7 ft. tree was relegated to the backseat. I bought this little tree last month so it would be easier for me to decorate it. I could not find the smaller star to put on top. There are so many decorations that we bought for the big tree two or three years back, some of them need replacement now. Josef only brought down the Christmas balls and flowers. I just added candy canes and cookie figures.

Last year at the height of the pandemic, we didn’t put up any decor. If Josef doesn’t get lazy, we’ll put up the porcelain nativity set given by a friend years ago. If I could buy pink ribbon and other pink decor, I will decorate the wreath too.

This is my dream of a little tree.

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October is about to end and November is coming.

These are those days where we think of family gatherings, clan reunions, office parties and even Kris Kringle this early. It’s that kind of activity where we exchange names, give gifts to the name we got and every day there is a motif until the reveal. It is always a joyful activity in the office.

These are those days where we start buying gifts for family and close friends. I did mine two weeks ago except for a gift for a godchild who is now in her teens. Not sure what to buy yet for her. Department stores start decorating and playing Christmas carols non-stop.

These are those days where we start thinking of what to prepare for Noche Buena and Media Noche. We do the grocery shopping early to buy those ingredients that appear like magic during the Christmas season. Fruits imported from other countries abound.

I wonder though how Christmas celebration would be like in another pandemic year. Positive cases of Covid are slowly moving downwards according to reports. They even predict that there would just be around 1,000 positive cases in a day. Are we finally winning over the enemy? We must not be complacent. There is no 50% yet of the population who were vaccinated. Others don’t trust the vaccines while other places don’t have enough of it.

Here we go, we have exactly 57 days to go before Christmas. There is this Christmas decor permanently fixed at Josef’s bedroom door. It’s been there for years and we let it stay there all year round…haha. However and whatever we feel about the season, let the Christmas spirit be in our hearts.

Nice touch Josef.

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Yeay, I’m done with my Christmas shopping for the whole family but some of them have not yet been delivered. It is really nice to shop online, either you have to pay in advance by depositing to your Lazada wallet or pay in cash when they are delivered. Did I tell you that I have received credits for my purchase? There are some items too where the delivery fees are waived. You can even earn coins while browsing at the site and they translate to one peso each. I have to review all my purchases so I could earn more.

As I have said before I always purchase kitchen gadgets for Nissa and Obet. One gift for them both. I told Nissa to use them in their new home. As for Nate, I always buy two gifts on his birthday and during Christmas, toys and books mostly. Found a nice book about the history of the dinosaurs and a set of dinosaur figures for his birthday next month. Kinda expensive but he always has the best. I bought some practical items for Josef, Jovy and mom, things that they could use daily.

Last year we didn’t put up Christmas decoration because of the pandemic. This year though, I ordered a smaller plastic Christmas tree which is easier to decorate than our 7-foot one. I also ordered some Christmas decor. Although senior citizens like me aren’t allowed to go out in malls, there are plainty to choose online.

Did I say it’s 73 days to go before CHRISTMAS?

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I told you about our Kris Kringle a few days ago at our Sambuhay Interaktib Online,  a program that we watch twice a week anchored by two  Pauline priest friends and a seminarian.  We have become one big family, those who are active at the site but we are scattered.  Some live in Australia, Canada, USA, Hongkong, Italy and even in the Middle East. 

Well, the app was downloaded by one of our members and friend Min helped him with e-mailing those who participated. Yes, there is an app called Secret Santa.  Fr. Pao suggested that everyone could join although it is not compulsory.  We’ll finally have the “reveal” tomorrow via Zoom. My goodness, I am only just learning how it works because I didn’t see the need of downloading the app before.  I wonder how the more than fifty of us would go about it. 

A few hours ago, I received the gift from my Secret Mommy  sent through MrSpeedy, another online delivery option for us here. We were allowed to have a wish list that our Secret Santa could see in the e-mail.  

Despite this pandemic, we could still laugh. I am glad I found this group. Last night, the topic was about previous and memorable times spent during  Christmas.  Everyone has their own story. I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s 115th episode.  Come to think of it, this program was conceptualized by the SSP ( Society of Saint Paul) brothers and priests to make lighter moments and share laughter despite the grave threat of this pandemic.  And we have music in between. Fr. Albert and Bro. AJ have lovely voices. We gained friends in the process. Wonderful 🙂

We are on the seventh day of Simbang Gabi, two more days to go and we’ll complete the novena masses. 

 

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So this is the second day of Christmas. And it will last till the Baptism of the Lord. It is the shortest season in the Catholic calendar. That would be in January 12 next year.

How was your Christmas celebration? Ours was a quiet one with the family. I like all the reflections during the nine days of Simbang Gabi.

We exchanged gifts on the 24th. I like all my gifts. They are thoughtfully given. Nate and I played with his two water guns at the garden. He was the Blue Boy (with the blue gun of course and I was the Orange Lady. Precious moments with Nate.

I still can’t figure out how to attach photos here since there are no pictures in this tab’s gallery. They are all stored in my new phone. ♡☆. I am still finding it hard to navigate this gadget and update here on WordPress.

Do you also look forward to 2020? May the winds of change create a positive outlook for all of us.

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I hear the church bells ringing

Another day of anticipating

And waiting….

Getting closer to the day

When Christmas is

here.

 

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