Culture

Mommy Barbara’s Christmas Tree

Every year, I put up a Christmas tree to honor my beloved mother in-law, Mommy Barbara, who loved decorating for the holidays.  This year,  I told Tashi I am going to start putting up the Christmas tree early as I didn't know how long it would take me to find and sort all of Mommy… Continue reading Mommy Barbara’s Christmas Tree

Culture

Christmas Day

After ten years, I am once again celebrating Christmas in the Philippines.  Philippines is known for having the longest Christmas Season in the world. As early as September 1st, Filipinos start preparing for the Season - radio stations start playing Christmas carols while houses, malls and even the streets get a make-over as everything gets… Continue reading Christmas Day

People

Mama’s Birthday

Happy Birthday, Mama! It's Christmas day and Madir's 75th birthday. The last time I was present in Mama's birthday was ten years ago. It was good to be here today with the entire family and a few relatives. Every year her nephews, nieces and their kids, as well as her sister/bestfriend make it a point to… Continue reading Mama’s Birthday

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Philippines

One more week and I'll be traveling to the Philippines. It's been ten years since I last spent Christmas in the Philippines with my family and friends. I look forward to once again experience the Filipino Christmas traditions like Simbang Gabi (Night Mass), Christmas Parties, Caroling and Noche Buena (Night of Christmas Eve Feast). Christmas… Continue reading Philippines

Culture

Merry Christmas Memories

Hark the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!" This was the song… Continue reading Merry Christmas Memories