It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Well, no, in the Philippines, it started looking like Christmas as early as, uhh, August. HAHA! But, ANYWAY, CHRISTMAS IS FINALLY HERE! I’m so happy! I honestly still have no idea what my family and I are doing for Christmas Eve this year but it doesn’t really matter, as long as we’re together. *cue the violins* XD

Sanctuario de San Antonio a week before Christmas. :)
Sanctuario de San Antonio a week before Christmas. 🙂

Seriously, though, I love Christmas. I especially love the days leading to Christmas ’cause that’s when friends and family take time off from their busy schedules to catch up. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year, just because you can use the “Oh, but it’s Christmas!” card to guilt your loved ones (whom you haven’t seen in a really long while) into spending time with you. Teehee. :3

I particularly LOVE Christmas this year. I can’t even begin to articulate just how much! All I can say is that my heart is OVERFLOWING WITH JOY. Despite the sleepless nights due to Simbang Gabi, I still feel extremely hyper and HYPER-AWARE of just how blessed I am. It’s really amazing how it’s The Savior’s birthday and I’m the one feeling like a million bucks. My God has been so unselfish to me, I can’t even wrap my head around it.

Anyway, the past few days have been spent hanging out with family and friends; thus, the abundance of joy. My cousin and I got to complete the 9 days of Simbang Gabi this year (her first time, I might add!), and we took the walks back from church as time to bond and talk about silly things. There’s nothing like early morning silliness to jumpstart the day! 😀

Awesome people and sinful desserts. (Rona came late, thus, no piccyture :|)
Awesome people and sinful desserts. Rona came late, thus, no piccyture. 😐

On the 22nd, I had a much-needed sconeversation with Dadaf, FC, Edsel, and Rona. What was supposed to be just brunch turned into a “bruncherienda” (breakfast, lunch, and merienda! HAHAHA!) ’cause we ended up talking for a whopping 7 hours!!! AND THAT WASN’T EVEN ENOUGH! SO CRAZY! :)) Gosh. I love our sconeversations. Everyone knows (or SHOULD know that) I live for intelligent discourse. :))

Lights show!
We caught the lights show at Ayala Triangle!!! I AM A HAPPY CAMPER!!!
Pops Christmas Partaaayyy!
Pops Christmas Partaaayyy!

That night, Rona and I proceeded to Makati Avenue for our dinner with Pops. TAMI IS BACK!!! SINGA-BABES REUNITED!!! 😀 Erik, Panggo, and Mikou also showed up so that was awesome! 😀 Yay, Pops! Till the next bonding sesh! 😀

INSTAGRAM DAT SHIT!
INSTAGRAM DAT SHIT! (Photo from Giords)

On the eve of Christmas Eve (aka the 23rd), as is tradition, my high school friends and I went to Nica‘s house to anticipate Gab’s birthday. I’ve come to the conclusion that this tradish of ours could be used to gauge just how much we’ve matured through the years. Seriously. When this first started back in 2006, we had bread and YOUNG DEER spread + sparkling wine. As the years progressed, we got to incorporate meat, pasta, and desserts to the feast. This year, we had a whole tray of white pasta, two buckets of chicken, bread, marshmallows, cookies, and REAL (slightly murky) WINE. WHAT IS THIS. :)) We’re also at this point in our lives where we’re talking about steady careers. One’s about to become a doctor, one’s training to become a legit pilot, and one’s talking about how excited he is to be wounded in battle (HI EM!!! WELCOME BACK!!!). Oh, our lives. And oh, how I love my friends. :3

Anyhoo, what are your plans for Christmas Eve? Word just got in that my family and I are spending it in New York tonight. HAHAHAHAHA IN MY DREAMS. OH! SPEAKING OF THAT, I made a Christmas playlist to share with all of you. This is my idea of a perfect Christmas — but then again, like what Jose Mari Chan said, “My idea of a perfect Christmas is to spend it with you!” so who needs New York… for now. LOL.

Whatever you’re planning this Christmas, I hope you have an awesome one! And don’t forget The Reason For The Season. 🙂 Even if you don’t (completely) believe in Him, I’m pretty sure you believe in love, and that’s basically what He was born in this world to do — to show us what real love is. 🙂 So give some love this season!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS! 😀

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