After all the stressful shopping and sleepless nights due to wrapping gifts, Christmas had come and gone, and I can confidently say that it may be the best Christmas I had. But it’s quite hard to say which Christmas is the best, since how do you even rank such thing? Every year, my family seems to be getting smaller since someone’s always moving to Italy. But still, Christmas was amazing for way too many reasons.
Last Christmas, we didn’t get to attend Misa de Gallo so we decided to attend the mass first thing in the morning. But since tons and tons of children (and adults) went to our house to ask for aguinaldo, we couldn’t leave. Christmas morning was spent on giving gifts (and receiving as well!) instead. It was still pretty fun.
When we managed to escape the visitors, my family went straight to Isdaan in Calauan. We’re too late for any mass, anyway, so we might as well fill ourselves with good food. But as expected, Isdaan was packed, and we had to wait for quite a while to be seated. But it was all worth it because the Crispy Pata was excellent omg. We also watched the show and roamed around the place. It’s a pretty popular destination lately, and I can see why. The food’s good and there are tons of attractions, too. I’m glad that we got to bring my grandparents there!
It was almost 4PM when we finished lunch, so yes, we stayed there for quite a long while. Since we’re late for the 4PM and still too early for the 5:30PM mass, my family went to SM to have our yearly family portrait taken. Thus, we’re all wearing red!
And to cap off a perfect day, we went to church. It’s been quite a while since I last attended mass on Christmas day itself, since we used to go to church on Christmas Eve. But it’s a nice change since the church wasn’t crowded and you could really focus. After all, Christmas isn’t just about presents and being with you family. We should never forget who should be the real focus of that day. 🙂 After all, it’s all because of Him that so many good things in life are made possible.
And Christmas won’t be complete without having dinner with the entire clan! It has always been like that. Though families would spend the day apart, we’d all go to one house and close Christmas by having dinner together. We even got to have a video call from our family in Italy. It just occurred to me that half of the family’s over there already. It’s all for the better, but it still feels a bit sad that they’re miles and miles away. But it doesn’t matter, because sometimes, it feels as if nothing changed.
So overall, it was a pretty amazing Christmas. God is an amazing God. He has given me way too many blessings, and I often wonder what I did to deserve them all. But I should probably stop questioning why I’m so blessed and start thinking of ways to turn these blessings into something that could be of use to others as well. And you know what, I actually this has been my best year so far. So many good things have happened, and it’s all up to me to make my 2013 better. I have an amazing family, amazing set of friends, amazing boyfriend, and I really couldn’t ask for more. And it’s all thanks to Him! 🙂
P.S. And for the first time, Alex spent Christmas Eve with us and it was nice. Like really nice. And it’s really one of the reasons why it was such an amazing Christmas. That is all. I hope you guys had a pretty splendid time, too!