First of all, I hope everyone had a super merry Christmas and big bang new year celebration!
After 10 years, I am finally able to sneak in and post something here on my abandoned blog. Need I elaborate more on how tough it is to balance time between taking care of a high-spirited 2.75 toddler, a full-time day job, being a wife to a doting husband and being a homemaker? I didn't think so :)
We celebrated Christmas with the family here in Spain - unlike Christmas of 2011 where we were able to go home to my motherland and had the chance to celebrate Christmas like there's no tomorrow.
Christmas celebration here in Spain is nothing like how it is celebrated in the Philippines. Christmas in the Philippines is GRAND! The Christmas spirit starts to tickle everyone's heart by the start of September and goes on until a couple more weeks after new year.
We still get to enjoy the Christmas here especially that this is the time that Little Spanish Pinay gets to understand a little bit more of about the Christmas concept. She enjoyed the gift-giving (more on gift-receiving on her side) of course. She has also started understanding about Santa Claus and she did wait for his arrival with much anticipation. We had our noche buena (dinner on 24th) at my sister-in-law's in-laws together with my in-laws. That's right, in-laws are typed 3 times. 4 actually.
The poor little girl slept at about 2 am. We did prepare Santa's milk and cookies before she went to bed but sharing is not yet one of her established values as she only wanted to put ONE cookie for Santa... she even chose the cookie she likes the least. At least we were able to convince her to add another one more cookies as Santa might be very hungry when he arrives. You gotta laugh at this little mischief. Note: Sharing is important for us but we don't force it.
So the following day, she was all giddy when we finally told her that today is the day! We have to check if Santa came and left something for her.
She was definitely happy with Santa's gifts. I'm glad we didn't go overboard with the gifts. After all, there's still Three Kings where kids (and kids-alike) receive more gifts.
After gift opening and a good lot of time to play, we headed over to my in-laws to have lunch with them. Overall, Christmas celebration here in Spain is quite simple but quite significant, nonetheless. It was well spent with the love ones. And thanks to technology, we are also somehow able to celebrate Christmas with the family oceans away through video calls.