Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas In My Heart

A belated Christmas greeting to everyone!

The Christmas season is actually a hectic one, what with the gift preps, the parties and whatnot, and of course, most importantly, the time we (want to) spend with our family. I want to make memories with my kids, even if it's just something as simple as looking at the moving display at Greenhills Shopping Center, or Noche Buena (Christmas dinner) at their lola's (grandma's) house, or simply going around the village gazing at Christmas lights. So do pardon me for not being very good with updating this blog. :)

My family is more into New Year's celebrations rather than Christmas celebrations, which is great for me because my in-law's are the opposite. It gives our family the chance to celebrate with both sides of the family for this season.

So far, the season is usually spent in Manila. The only times I've spent Christmas outside the Metro are the single Christmas I spent in Hong Kong with my Dad, Mom and brothers. It was so cold that thermal underwear, thick jackets, heaters and electric blankets even if it were not snowing (It doesn't snow in Hong Kong). We also experienced a real burning fireplace in Baguio on a New Year's Day evening (not New Year's Eve) in the Hyatt Terraces (which is now simply a memory after the great earthquake).

New Year's Eve is always spent with my grandparents. We used to have firecrackers when we were younger. But now that we're older (and presumably, wiser), we choose not to spend money and risk our life and limbs with explosives.

Of course, there are years that are better than others. But the season is generally about family. Wherever we are, as long as we are with family, the season will always be special.

Happy holidays, everyone!