My Christmas this year wasn't a happy one because I felt a little bad about things. Maybe I wasn't really at ease having other people in the house during Christmastime and that our annual traditions weren't met, making me feel really sad about some things. Still, I was happy that the family had the photo shoot.
I gained weight (drats) by the last season of the year - so I had to wear something old. My supposed to be Christmas outfit couldn't fit me anymore. :( Well, I have myself to blame about it, if there's a fat camp here in the Philippines, I'd enroll for sure.
Anyway, this year we decided to pose in our terrace. We've had pictures inside the house, we figured we needed a background change. Even if it was already nearly 1AM of Christmas Day, mom was still willing to pose for pictures. She still doesn't smile much, but her holding the bottle of vodka really made me smile. Maybe on New Year's Day we'd ask her to take a shot. Hahahaha.
The family wasn't really big on presents - we don't really give gifts to each other, so for this year the only gift I received was a little tub of body scrub from 'te Charo, our neighbor. She works in Singapore and we thought she wouldn't celebrate Christmas here in the Philippines - to our surprise she called on us and asked us to get our presents. Thanks so much 'te Cha.
Our yearly tradition was to serve very light snacks for Noche Buena (midnight of Christmas Day) and serve a feast come Christmas Lunch. We did serve light snacks for Noche Buena - we just had ham and bread - but for Christmas Lunch, we weren't able to serve the foods we planned to serve. Mom just cooked spaghetti because we had some guests, and we just served a little much come dinner.
For dinner, sister and I helped each other in preparing steamed fish, and I fried some chicken. Us siblings also helped in preparing the mango float cake (which we served on champagne glasses). The mangoes were very sour, maybe we would just re-do it come New Year's Day.
My Christmas wasn't as fun as the others had it (my heart was filled with anger), but I was happy that the family was complete that day.
Happy holidays everyone!
*** Jenn ***