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December 5th, 2011

Santa Claus Revealed

This post was originally published on December 7, 2007. I received a good feedback from this post that I thought it’d be great to publish it again on December 19, 2008.

This year 2011, in honor of the feastday of St. Nickolas, also known as ‘Santa Claus’, on December 6th, I am, again, republishing this post.

How was Santa Claus revealed to you?

There was a time in my childhood, when I really believed in a magical Santa Claus, who comes at Christmas Eve and fills up my favorite ‘sock’ with chocolates. All our questions about Santa Claus were dealt with by my parents by simply replying “… magic!”. We would imagine all sort of stuffs, like, he would transform into thin air to get thru the little opening in the door to get in. (We didn’t have chimney.)

At Christmas morning, my sister and I would rush to the homemade Christmas tree that my mother made, where we hung our favorite ‘socks’. I remember being so excited and delighted with a handful of chocolates we got. We compared chocolates. I remember my father teasing us about who got the most number of chocolates. But of course, it’s the same number. I guess, that was his way of joining in our excitement.

One Christmas came. I think I was 7, my sister was 5. We had to stay with an aunt due to a family crisis. My father was stabbed with a knife early December that year. He was in the Army, and it happened when he was on duty. He was hospitalized, had to undergo series of operation on his belly and lungs. He was in critical condition until Christmas time. My mother was with him every day in the hospital. It was a difficult time.

At Christmas Eve, after attending Midnight Mass with my Aunt, she told us to get ready to sleep. I remember telling her about Santa Claus coming later that night and that we need to hang our socks. She said sort of in panic, “Di ba natanggap mo na nga yung gifts mo galing kay Santa Claus?”(Didn’t you receive your gifts from Santa Claus already?!). She was talking about the Christmas Family Get-together earlier that day, when we received our gifts from my grandparents, aunts and uncles.

I didn’t argue with her because Mama told us to behave. And at that time, I kind’a figured out already about the concept of Santa Claus. I was learning about St. Nicholas in the Catholic school and sharing that to my sister. We just never got any confirmation up until my Aunt spilled the beans.

That Christmas, we didn’t get our Christmas ration of chocolates from Santa but we got the most number of Christmas gifts we have ever received. My sister and I became the recipients of all the unclaimed Christmas gifts my aunt prepared for her god-children who didn’t come to see her at Christmas Day. Not to mention, the overwhelming help we received during that family crisis.

That Chrismas I learned the reality of Santa Claus. That from magical, he becomes real, as he is personified by our loved ones and those who truly care and make our Christmases extra special.

December 24th, 2009

Christmas Greetings

Season’s Greetings to one and all!

May the spirit of Christmas cheer you up and bring you more prosperity, happiness and love though out the next year and all years to come!

from Life’s a Charm! Family

Michael, Charlotte, Matthew and Baby#2

Matthew bringing you Christmas cheers!<br>Photo taken on Dec 17, 2009 by Lori while babysitting Matthew

Matthew bringing you Christmas cheers!Photo taken on Dec 17, 2009 by Lori while babysitting Matthew

December 20th, 2009

Our Christmas Tree

Matthew (3) by our Christmas Tree. Photo taken on 2009 Dec 18.

Matthew (3) by our Christmas Tree. Photo taken on 2009 Dec 18.

It’s definitely Matthew’s Christmas Tree this year! We put up the Christmas Tree a week ago. Matthew helped me put it up and he decorated the tree with ornaments! All I did was to fasten the hook to the ornament and let him decide where he wants them. Once in awhile I interfere only because there are spots in the tree he can’t reach yet. We usually have an angel on top of the Christmas tree but even with the help of the daddy, we just couldn’t keep the angel on top. Oh well! Maybe next year! I think came out really nice, even without the Christmas lights and even if most of the ornaments are grouped together, some according to color and kind, in some areas! It’s perfect!

Before we went to a Christmas party, I couldn’t pass up the photo opportunity! We took some photos by our Christmas tree. I did some pregnant poses, too. I don’t know why I didn’t think of taking a family photo… oh, I remember! Hubby is complaining about taking photos again.

Matthew (3) and Mommy (at 23-weeks pregnant) by our Christmas Tree. Photo taken on 2009 Dec 18.

Matthew (3) and Mommy (at 23-weeks pregnant) by our Christmas Tree. Photo taken on 2009 Dec 18.

View more Christmas 2009 Photos.

December 18th, 2009

For Goodness Sake

This is a re-post first published on Dec 21, 2007 @ 17:44.

Do you think you have a different or extra-nice behavior at Christmas time? What extra-nice gesture do you do?

People should be nice all year round, but it is at Christmas time that people seems extra-nice. It’s probably the Christmas spirit in the air, the cheerful decorations and the bright lights that gives us the warm feeliing and makes us smile; the anticipation for togetherness for families and thought from gift giving. And for the Christian faithfuls, Christmas is the reminder that God has manifested His love for us though the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. And what better way to acknowledge this but by being extra-nice! For some people though, for these same reasons, they become cranky, sad, stressed and anti-nice!

I have seen my own relatives extend ‘forgiveness‘ at Christmas time. I grew up among relatives and I have witnessed so much ‘drama’ among them(us), but come Christmas time and they start talking again from months long of not talking, ignoring and avoiding each other.

As for me, Christmas time is when I try to reclaim friendships, and try to make more friends or become more friendly (I am polite, courteous but not specifically friendly!) Also, it is when I am most outgoing, happy and excited!

Added 14:23 Dec18,2009:

I found my friend Lori’s answer funny! I just had to add her answer, which she posted in Facebook:

Not so extra nice ~ maybe extra ANNOYING! lol I luv anything Christmas cheery… Cookies… decorating… taking holiday photos?!!! It’s just a great way to build up to the big day! – by Lori

December 10th, 2009

Visit to Santa

Matthew’s Visit to Santa – Though the Years

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Matthew's Visit to Santa. He didn't fuss a bit! Photo taken on December 8, 2009 at The Village Mall, Opelika, AL

We went to visit Santa Claus a few days ago. This is probably the most fuss-free visit to Santa we ever had. Except for a few minutes of wait, there were no long lines and no crying babies. If only Matthew would smile to the camera. Sigh! Since he turned 3 years old, it has really hard to get him to smile to the camera. At least he still looks nice in most of the photos that was taken that day.

A few goofy mommy-and-son moments while waiting for Santa. Photo taken on December 8, 2009 at The Village Mall, Opelika, Alabama.

A goofy mommy-and-son moment while waiting for Santa. It's really nice that Matthew smiled. It has been really difficult to get him to smile to the camera since he turned 3-years old. Photo taken on December 8, 2009 at The Village Mall, Opelika, Alabama.

Goofy daddy-and-son moments while waiting for Santa. Taken on December 8, 2009 at The Village Mall, Opelika, Alabama.

Goofy daddy-and-son moments while waiting for Santa. Taken on December 8, 2009 at The Village Mall, Opelika, Alabama.

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