Another Christmas in our life, my family is intact and we’re together. I am more than thankful because this year has been good for us. We probably have less worries than most Americans. Thank You, Lord! Another thing is that we are able to provide for our children not just their needs but also their wishes and wants especially for Christmas. We have more gifts for them this year than previous.
Though presents under the Christmas tree look great, nothing is more gorgeous than the family that opened them this morning. I saw the facial expressions, I captured them all while they had fun!
Of my over 9 years here in America, it was my first time to have attended a Pajama Party 3 days ago. Most parties I’ve been to were the typical parties wherein people get to dressed up in casual attire and everybody trying to look good.
The Red Pajama Party was held at a Spa retreat on Bryant Irvin road by a Filipina. It was the most interesting party I have ever attended and the best for me! Aside from a lot of foods, they actually have something interesting/educational kids craft and game activities for our little ones.
The highlight of the night was a Santa’s visit who appeared suddenly at the front door that made everybody excited and happy especially the kids. Of course, sitting on Santa’s lap and picture taking were not missed.
I love that there are party invitations closer to our home most of which are Filipino-American gatherings. It somehow eases my homesickness and the yearning to be with my family in the Philippines because these parties are attended by my friends or some people I know.
December and the entire summer are my worst months for homesickness but three upcoming parties to look forward to, that diverted my emotions to at least not feeling homesick! Thanks to those Filipinas for inviting me!
It has been four days since our Christmas tree of this year is up. If not because of my children kept bugging me to put it up, I would have not done it. I kind of thinking to wait until Thanksgiving but here we are.
This year’s motif is silver and gold. I remember last year it was red, green and gold. I want our theme to be different each year since I have collected enough ornaments to beautify our tree as I like.
My firstborn made fun of our tree and said it has ears. Well, it kinds looks like it has ears but it looks pretty in actual. I don’t have anything to add to it for now. I am lacking those long and curling top decors but I worry not, right after Christmas I would buy more decors that would go on top of the tree and make it look awesome next year, I promise!
Somehow with the tree up, it changes the ambiance and it kind of set our feelings a lot like Christmas is drawing near.
Here’s a photo of me and my first born taken last Saturday at a neighbor’s house during a FIL-AM Christmas Party located just five blocks away from our house. It was a last minute invitation from one of our mutual friends and gladly I was available.
I only brought J with me, little M was too sick to come with us. It was nice to have attended the party, there were plenty of scrumptious food but the attendees were mostly Tagalog since the host of the party are Tagalog. There were just three of us who speak Bisaya. I didn’t talk much around them instead I was the listener most of the time. Most of the visitors I haven’t met before and didn’t want to talk about either so just stayed quiet the entire time, or if I did talk, just a bit.
You know I am in my most comfortable self when I am with people I know/have met before or with fellow Bisaya.
After the feast, we had an exchange gifts. Second photo shown below is what my first born got, a party serving set. I am happy of what she got, this is very useful during a small gathering or any occasion that requires me to display small servings on the table for my family to enjoy.
I didn’t expect that we can bring home this beautiful set for I didn’t put a prettier stuff for our gift. But anyway, what’s inside the box don’t matter much, what counts is we got to join the activity and got to meet new people.
Christmas is the time of sharing and giving. Though we may not have enough money this Christmastime yet we manage to put food on the table, buy presents for ourselves and most of all keeping up with our bills. I can still say we have been blessed though we may not realized it. God used his instruments to bless us with the things we need.
With that being said, I want to be a small blessing to two people. As my way of appreciation of my daughters first grade teacher, I gave her a set of Victoria’s Secret hand cream. She was so thankful and the look on her face when she thanked me was awesome.
Second person I handed a gift to is the older lady crossing guard at my daughter’s school. We learned that she lost her son to cancer last year. Who would have thought she’d experienced such a terrible loss because everyday we passed by her, she manage to flash her smile to parents and always ready to wave hello to all of us. With that alone gives me inspiration. That no matter how hard life is, we still need to smile to be sane. So I gave her a box full of personal care, photo shown below. Those aren’t much but I hope those help her a bit this Christmas.
Today, I want to pause for a moment and give thanks to the Lord above for giving us good health always and safety everyday of our lives. We have a choking legal fees of $22K but we are thankful because we are fine marriage-wise and we’re all healthy.
As always, in every occasion, there’s always just the four of us. Our Christmas day started out good. The big girl was all shocked and joyous when she saw all those wrapped presents under the tree. She really believed Santa came and dropped those for them.
At one o’clock, I gathered my family to sit down and shared our lunch together. The celebration was simple, no one said a thank You prayer but I did silently, in my heart and in my mind. I am thankful that despite of the distance I am separated from my Filipino family, yet God blessed me with my own family to celebrate His birthday with. I couldn’t be more thankful for the grace, joy, gift of marriage, love and unity that Christmas season brings.
Here’s a small feast I prepared for us. Unfortunately, both of our girls didn’t eat well. I wished they could have eaten half of what they put in their plate… it was just me and my husband who ate good… even though he is sick, he still showed appetite to the foods.
So, generally, that’s how we spent our Christmas. How was yours? Did you spend it with your family, relatives or friends? Tell me about it!
My husband had recently talked to the woman crossing guard in our child’s school and we learned that she lost her son to cancer a few weeks ago. That is so sad to hear for the fact that Christmas is coming. We walk pass by this woman everyday and she always has her smile on her face that greeted us early morning.
Behind those smiles of her, we didn’t know the pain and sorrows she endure for losing a family member, much more a son. Although she didn’t talk about living with a husband or anybody, I feel the loneliness she keep inside. So what we did is, give her a custom Christmas card and a little gift for her to use for a few months.
I do have a couple stocks of lotions, conditioners and shampoos from my couponing and so I shared some to her. I hope that the little gift we sent to her would tell her a message that we thought and care about her in this Christmas season. God bless her and give her strength to continue living! Looking forward to see her again once school resumes next year!