That being said, I am glad that my sister practically dragged me out of bed to join the family for Noche Buena. Being surrounded by people who love and accept you no matter what - that is priceless. A good reminder that we ought to be the same with those who are important to us!
This Christmas, there were several family members who couldn't be with us, but it was still a good celebration. The bottom line for me: There are times when you need to put aside your own issues for those important to you.
Now for proof snapshots of the evening.
|Paul, Mark, and Dad getting ready to chop up the lechon!|
|Tito Nonoy doing the lechon in.|
|About half of the family getting ready to say grace.|
My uncle said grace, and it was beautiful. It was just a blessing to see everyone there, healthy and happy.
|With Sam and Ninang Pearl|
|Elijah having fun.|
|Nana wanting a nice pic, but the kids just staring at everything else.|
|The younger cousins are growing up so fast!|
Of course, the kids were looking forward to the highlight: tearing their gifts open. Here are a couple of photos of Sam and Eli enjoying their gifts.
|Nothing like tearing the wrapping paper.|
|This is what the piggy bank money bought, apparently!|
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
How was your Christmas? I hope that it was meaningful for you. Now here's to a hopeful New Year!