Mommy Growing up: Christmas with friends

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas with friends

For almost five years of living as a graduate student in Taiwan, it means I've also been missing having five Christmas with my whole family back in my country. Back home, we have bright and festive Christmas celebrations everywhere, well, crazy it may sound some do as early as September. Homes are highlighted with Christmas decors while streets are filled with mostly DIY stars. On Christmas Eve, the whole family attends a midnight mass followed by Noche Buena, a midnight dinner filled with all sorts of delicious Filipino delicacies shared with joy and laughter by the whole family. The dark skies then will be decorated with colorful fire crackers as fathers showed off to their kids how to create loud colorful magics, the safe way lol.

With my daughter. Hubby and youngest daughter were back in Philippines.

On the other hand, Christmas here in Taiwan is not considered a holiday. Everybody works on December 25th, classes and examinations are held as if nothing happens, which was very frustrating and depressing the first time. I understand they have Chinese New Year which is more important in their culture, however I'm thankful at least Jan 1 is considered a holiday.

Back to our Christmas celebration, I'm very grateful our Filipino community here still continued our tradition by holding midnight masses from December 16th to the 24th, followed by simple merienda. On the 24th, we heard a midnight mass and shared the Christmas spirit with fellow Christians, sharing of gifts and delicious Filipino foods. After the mass, I and my daughter, along with three other Christian friends (2 Filipinos and 1 Indonesian) ran to our Christmas party held with our fellow foreign students (venue: a friend's dormitory). Everybody brought their own country's dish to share with everybody, enjoyed the games and simply caught up with everyone's lives. Indeed, I'm so blessed to have a group of friends here to share the spirit of loving and sharing.  Though we're of different religions and nationalities, we came together to celebrate Christmas as a family.

Christmas with fellow students and friends from our university.
Simple Christmas gathering with friends. No Christmas trees or decor. Just us.
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all!
Though far and away from our loved ones this special season, still we managed to celebrate Christmas. Thanks to our dear friends who were always there to celebrate with on special occasions as this. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!!!



10 comments:

  1. Lucky you! We also hd a group like this when my husband was in law school....those friends were a great support! Happy New Year!

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  2. I'm so glad you were still able to celebrate Christmas! It sounds like you've got some great friends.

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  3. fun bonding with Mommy and daughter, great pictures too :-) looks like you had a wonderful Christmas party. Visiting from Pink Fridays, hope that you can return the visit too.

    http://www.jessysadventure.com/2011/12/ginger-in-her-pink-fleece-coat.html

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  4. Beautiful Mommy and daughter picture.. Sweet!!!

    Visiting for PF! Here's my share- hope you can visit too..

    http://www.cassandrasminicorner.com/2012/01/big-sisters-athletic-shoes.html

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  5. Looks like everyone had a blast. That's how you do it! happy new year to you and your loved ones.

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  6. the photos proves that u guys had fun and para lang kayong mag sister ng daughter mo, late visit for PF, i hope you could find time to visit my share at http://www.prettysinglemom.com/2011/12/on-christmas-party.html, i will surely appreciate your visit..

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  7. That's nice naman na kahit di holiday ang Christmas dyan at lahat e nagta trabaho at pumapasok sa school e nakapag celebrate din kayo with friends. May u all have a fruitful 2012! Happy New Year!

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  8. oh wow, bibong bibo photos mo sis. i like your dauughter's pink dress Hope to see you in my Pink entries one and two. Happy New Year!

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  9. awwww...pagkabibo kau...happy new year sis...sensya late visit!

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