Christmas in my family is celebrated with two things: food, and gifts! This year I began the food part early with a trip to Pampanga for Kraft’s Keso de Gallo event. I was back home by 1pm and zonked out for two hours before getting up to wrap my gifts (I know, that’s sooo last minute) and head to Victory Ortigas to attend the Christmas Eve service.
I’m hollering “Merry Christmas” at you, dear reader! Let us not ever forget why there’s a Christmas in the first place — so that there’s a Christ who died to redeem us from our sins, and rose from the dead to guarantee us eternal life. Ü
After the service, my family and I drove all the way to Paranaque. The rest of our extended family had gathered to usher in Christmas Day with the traditional noche buena and our family’s practice of distributing gifts and opening them all together. During lulls in the celebration, I’d doze off (I call ’em power naps, people!) but was always revived by copious food and laughter. There’s no doubt this is my favorite holiday of the year, even though I do get plenty of “The First Noel” jokes thrown my way. Ü