It has been quite awhile since my last entry. Reason being SO MANY things have happened which I will be sharing with you in the coming days — from the four of us taking turns getting flu, the holiday craze, to the preparations of yearly celebrations and so on. I actually have so many things to share with you and I WILL…. I am just taking it all in – easy and slowly, so I can savor the journey and share the details better. But first, let me just greet all of you, my wonderful readers –
A HAPPY HAPPY BLESSED 2017!!!
I am extremely excited to enter this New Year with you! <3
(We have a special dance number especially for YOU at the end of this entry! Hehe!)
I look forward to Christmas and New Year celebrations so much… Aside from the delicious lechon and the many yummy food prepared, it is a time when we come together as a family and just bond with each other. Though we do this often, (every Saturday we are at my Nuna’s), it’s just a bit extra special for me when its around Christmas time. December 24 usually starts with my side of the family. We go to my Nuna’s house for lunch. We have endless kwentos that range from past memories all the way to future plans and everything else in between. We are a very outspoken family who love to talk and share about our experiences – no pretenses and definitely no secrets! During the start of my marriage, my husband would wonder how I can go on and on and talk to my family everyday over the phone and yet still have so much kwento during the weekends! It didn’t take long and he got used to it, he even joins in now! Hehe! At around 5pm, we would start getting ready for Christmas Eve dinner. We would all dress up and look extra nice even if we were just celebrating at home. 7pm is usually the time we would start eating (yes, we start very early). It is around this time also that the children start making kulit to open gifts and starts bargaining with us – “can I open one gift if I dance? How about one more if I sing?” and who would say no to that?! Hahaha! So performances while eating makes perfect combo! After we eat, the chaos of the opening of gifts start (I’ve got to admit it still gives me butterflies in my tummy :p) We end at around 10-11pm which is perfect because we move to Pat’s side of the family naman, who also wait for the salubong for Noche Buena. Can you can imagine how stuffed we get that night?! NO REGRETS! Hahahaha! We bond over some wine while the children play with their new toys and it is a time that will always be precious to me. Christmas day starts of with lunch with my side of the family (again) and ends with my husband’s side (again). We just ALL love hanging out with each other.
How we celebrated the New Year is quite similar to Christmas. The only difference is that we have a New Year’s Eve tradition in my side of the family. Every year, each one of us prepares a vision board. We go through magazines and cut out what we envision the new year to be. No limits, no guidelines, just whatever we want to be/accomplish/desire for the New Year. After dinner, we show the vision board of the previous year and present the new one in front of the family with an explanation of each picture or word that is placed there. We also pray for God to give us “our WORD for the year” that we include in our vision boards. Love this tradition! This is definitely something I will carry on to my own growing little family! We leave before the fireworks and celebrate with the Kramer’s naman. They also have a tradition there of throwing money and doing the blind folds and choosing money of different values (from 20 Pesos to 1000 Pesos). So much fun watching our entire household truly enjoying! We all wait for midnight and watch beautiful fireworks all together. We play a couple of games with the children before calling it a night.
EVEN THOUGH THIS SEASON WAS SO BUSY AND QUITE TIRING… I LOVE IT! AND I WILL ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO IT WITH EXTREME EXCITEMENT. THANK YOU LORD FOR LIFE, YOUR UNFAILING LOVE, YOUR NEVER ENDING GRACE!
THANK YOU LORD FOR A NEW YEAR TO WORSHIP, PRAISE, HONOR, AND LOVE YOU!!!!