Well my brother-in-law, who has fruit stands in Kidapawan, sent a text Elena that they would not be here until late afternoon Christmas day. Therefore, dinner was to in the evening. Because of this, the lechon was ordered to be picked up at 6pm.
Mid morning, I asked if anyone in the family would like to watch a traditional American movie “It’s a wonderful Life” with James Stewart. As always, not to insult, many said yes so I dug out the movie and had it ready. Well with a house full, only two decided to come watch. After the movie, I drove Elena to the mall to buy more provisions because there is never enough and something is always forgotten.
Mid afternoon, a few of us sat to play a card game. While playing the group from Kidapawan showed up with extras. It turned out my sister-in-laws family lives in Davao too so they were all heading over there and returned about 4pm. At 5:45pm, we jumped in the car and drove to get the Lechon. We got there we were told they were waiting for the delivery from the location that cooks them. We waited and waited. Finally, at 7:00pm a motorcycle pulls up with four pigs in their cardboard wrapper showed up.
When we got home the women start cooking, the rest of the family moved into the Sala (living room) for Karaoke. Here in the Philippines most Filipinos love to sing no matter if they can carry a tune or tone def. In addition, the speakers have to be turned out so the whole neighborhood can enjoy the serenade. Because of this, I retired to the bedroom, closed the door and started writing this article.
Finally, I was called into for dinner. There was the lechon, spaghetti, pancit, lasagna, and of course kilos of rice. For desert was macaroni fruit salad, maja blanca which is like a thick pudding made from coconut milk, macaroons and brownies.
After dinner, the singing started again so off I ran to the bedroom. If you ask why I do not sing, I am a bass and my voice is so deep it sounds like Lurch from the Adams Family. Once the dishes were cleared, we all went into the sala for the gift exchange. Last weekend it was decided to do a “Secret Santa” gift exchange. In America, the way a “secret Santa” gift exchange is works is with the recipient’s name on the gift and not knowing who gave the gift. Here the way it works it the person who bought the gift has their name on the tag and they dance around and then hand the gift to the person whose name they drew.
Then I received extra gifts from my nieces and nephews who live with us. I was surprised since last year I did not receive anything from them. I knew what I was getting from Elena since I was with her to try on for fit when she bought them.
This is the third Christmas I have had with my new family and each year has gotten better then the past. There was more communication and love then I had experienced. Now comes a niece’s birthday on the 30th, New Years, Elena birthday on January 6 and our oldest niece’s birthday February 1. Then I can relax for a while.
I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy and Healthy New Year.
P.S. if anyone is curious about my funny looking mustache, I suffer at times with alopecia and that area of the mustache fell out and is starting to grow back.