Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Maligayang Pasko! Merry Christmas! メリークリスマス! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Buon Natale! Feliz Natal!

As of this writing, I'm still feeling bloated from noche buena's cholesterol-laden dishes. Since time immemorial, Christmas day is family day in our household. It's our Christmas tradition to stay awake till the clock strikes 12 midnight and to partake of noche buena fare.

My paternal grandfather joined us all the way from Cebu for noche buena. He's already 87 years old, but he's still physically strong to travel. He flew here via PAL at 4 p.m., but he arrived  nonetheless at around 7 p.m. on the doorstep. Blame the Christmas traffic for his 3-hour travel time from the airport to Cubao. Lolo did not even bother to forewarn us that he's coming. Surprise, surprise! Life's indeed full of surprise!

Behold the pics of our family's Christmas eve:

My nephew Dave & Nikki

BTW, two thumbs up for Mama for making Dave believe that Santa Claus really exists! Good timing and seemingly believable fairy tale-like story are the major factors. Hahaha!

Cakes galore

Lazy Susan ain't complaining: Cardboard boxes with aluminum foil with yummy food (dinuguan & puto, paella and beef caldereta) are definitely tell-tale signs of CCME Homemade Foodstuffs. Plus, Mama made her well-loved chicken macaroni salad which is synonymous to Christmas and New Year. We're the silent proofs that her salad is a hit way back my toddler days. I'm the eldest, just so you know. Do the Math.

Christmas won't be complete without queso de bola and red wine (Nikki's favorite).

The gang

The gang and the ole ranger

Santa baby (Oh well, she's the famous camwhore in the brood.)

I'm looking forward with wide-eyed anticipation for New Year's eve. That's all, folks! Merry Christmas, everyone! 

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