Merry Christmas!

Every Christmas I look forward to the Three F’s – Food, Fun, and Family, oh and the One P – Presents!

As Filipinos, we of course, celebrated on the 24th. My parents and my aunts always bring too much food. Though there were only ten of us, I felt like we had food for an entire army.

As is tradition, we wait until midnight to open our presents.  We passed the time by watching two movies (Salt and Knowing, both good movies, but very un-Christmasy),

Playing games like Poker and Sungka,

Poker players

Sungka champs

And of course, eating!

When the clock struck twelve, we exchanged presents. The house was filled with exclamations of joy and surprise as each one of us opened our presents.

I put a lot of thought into the presents I give out every Christmas, and it’s always the highlight of my year whenever I see my loved ones opening their presents. It truly is better to give than to receive.

But receiving presents is a great thing, too. I  got a whole bunch of awesome presents this year, including some really cool and very useful books:

Children’s book made from recycled materials

Books to help me make some travel plans

The softest blanket ever

fancy earrings from mom

colored pencils made from newspapers

Japanese language tutor

water bottle (kitty not included)

Starbucks ceramic cup made to look like a Starbucks styrofoam cup

soft, (and fragrant) socks

But the best present I received this year was given by my two best friends Maiko and Lena:

No, they didn’t give me a whole bunch of wires.  They gave me a box full of awesome computer parts, along with a CPU case.

This means I get to fulfill a lifelong goal–to build my very own computer.  And that’s why this is the best present ever–not because it was the most expensive gift I received, but because these two friends put together a lot of thought into giving me a present in order to help me fulfill a goal I’ve been after for a long time.

Sufficed to say, I spent my entire Christmas Day building my computer (with Lena, our resident computer technician’s help, of course).

Christmas was fun as usual, but it could have been happier if my sister were around to celebrate with us.  We’re counting the days until she gets home from Mali. Two Christmases from now, she’ll be joining us. It will be our happiest Christmas, I’m sure.

And though Christmas Day has come and gone, Christmas season doesn’t really end until a week after New Year’s. So I’m still wishing everybody a Merry Christmas!

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One Response to “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Leni says:

    Have you had a chance to play with your new computer? :)

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