Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2015 with the Cruz fam 🎄

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I would like to greet everyone a merry Christmas!!! So in lieu of the holiday season, I’m going to share with you guys what I did to celebrate the occasion.

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First off, we invited my relatives from my dad’s side for lunch at our house. Our food consisted of chicken, stir-fried noodles and baked salmon. Since our grandma was not present during this afternoon gathering, we took this as an opportunity to practice our performances for her 80th birthday, which is a few weeks away.

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Late afternoon, we already headed to our grandma’s house for dinner and noche buena. Here in the Philippines, it is tradition that the family has to get together and wait until the clock strikes 12. When it is officially midnight, we get to open our presents and eat food aka noche buena.

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For this year’s noche buena, we had chicken barbeque wrapped in bacon, ham, hotdogs and pancit (a local noodle dish).

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After eating, we got to open our presents! I received a black fringe bag, a red flannel, high waisted shorts and personalized towels from my dad’s side.

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On Christmas Day, my parents and I had lunch at Italianni’s, an Italian restaurant. We ordered Parmesan crusted fish fillet, Spaghetti with Meatballs and Chicken & Mushroom Truffle.

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After lunch, we went to our mom’s side for another gathering. We ate early dinner and talked with one another. Afterwards, we opened presents once again.

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This time, I got bags, sunglasses, and cash. We ended the celebration with yummy Christmas doughnuts courtesy of Krispy Kreme.

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Now that’s a wrap for Christmas 2015! Feel free to share your holiday experience with me in the comments section!!

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14 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. It looks like you all had a great Christmas and how lovely to be able to celebrate with both sides of your family. Those pasta dishes you ate look delicious and those festive doughnuts are just adorable! 🙂

  2. Aw glad you had a lovely time and I enjoyed reading about your cultural traditions. For Christmas we went out for a meal and then went home and played board games and ate lots of food it was fun.

  3. Looks like it was a very lovely gathering and the food looks amazing! My parents are from Venezuela and there they call Christmas Eve “Noche Buena” also, from the Spanish influence of course. Hope you have a very happy new year! xx

  4. That’s the real Christmas spirit: spending time with family! Lovely pictures, seems like you had a wonderful time. I have to say I would be very hungry if I had to wait until 12 o’clock. 😉 But it’s nice to honour tradition. Have a great new year’s eve!

  5. Looks like you had a great Christmas with your family. We spent the day at home and cooked the traditional roast Turkey with my parents and my husbands. Although I think I would have liked those doughnuts!! xx

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