Merry Christmas!

We always take it slow on Christmas morning. We’ve opened our gifts at midnight so we slept in, had late breakfast, puttered around the house…and just quietly enjoyed the day in our pajamas. That’s usually how our Christmas morning goes.

All preparations for the big family dinner were done the past few days and since it’s potluck, all I needed to do was put the ham in the oven, bake the escargot and make the seafood sauce for Linguine Di Mare.

Around 5 p.m. my brother, Manny and wife Mimi came with friends – Ruth, Ronald and daughters Rose Ann and Nicole. Mimi’s brother, Nel and wife Minda came with Patrick, Cai, Marc and Mae. Before all the chaos began, we had the chance to take some family pictures around the house. I also had a backdrop set up in the basement which I borrowed from work. I don’t have any lighting equipment yet but we managed to take some decent shots. While waiting for the others to arrive, we downed a bottle of champagne and had baked escargot – The Keg style. Auntie Grace came with Ricky who recently arrived from Panama. The Lacunas of Sandy Haven were able to make it for dessert and a round of poker.

Like previous Christmas gatherings, there was an abundance of deliiiicious food. The gift exchange was fun, as usual. I ended up getting a Best Buy card, Francis – a Future Shop Card and Francine, another gift card. Auntie Grace seemed pleased with her ‘steal’ – a massage cushion which I got from Costco.

Auntie Grace shared photos from her trip to Sydney last summer and I promised her I’d check out her pictures on Facebook. Uncle Bud also joined the celebration via phone from Sydney. The party ended by midnight and by 2 a.m., the house was clean and quiet and the fridge brimmed with leftovers. Around 3 a.m., Francis, Francine and I sat down to enjoy Mimi’s cheesecake.

To all our families in the Philippines and around the globe…wish you were all here with us. Merry Christmas!