It’s January 11. Where did the holidays go? With all the Christmas trimmings packed away, it’s hard to remember we were all in that zone. It just came and went.
Before we all get fully back into the thick of things, please allow me to share with you our little Christmas. We decided to do it differently this year. No Noche Buena, no big gifts, no tinsel, no Christmas trees. Well, we had all those bells and whistles in Manila. But a few weeks before Christmas Eve, we all decided to spend the actual Christmas in a quiet and secluded beach house — the same one we go to every year in Batangas. I am forever grateful to the owners of the house for being so generous in lending us their home.
It was hard to come to the decision — skipping Noche Buena with my relatives, Santa not visiting the beach house (but he did drop his gifts for the kids in our house), not being home on Christmas Eve, and actually packing up our entire household – a few gifts, menu and all. But I figured it would be such a nice treat to celebrate Christmas in a very silent and basic way, with my precious brother-in-law’s full attention on our three kids. After all, he is really all the family we’ve got here in the Philippines.
So we redefined Christmas our way. And it turned out to be the most wonderful and most memorable Christmas ever.
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