Our Christmas 2006
(This is all of my family here in Winnipeg)
Unlike the previous years when we’d all stay up until midnight, this Christmas Eve, the boys went to bed at 10:30 p.m. We were going to Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Christmas morning so I asked them to go to bed early. I didn’t feel like staying up late anyway as I was up on my feet since 4:00 p.m. in the kitchen preparing food for the next day. I also retired upstairs when they went to bed and watched Dolores Claiborne before I went to bed myself.
First thing the boys did when they got up this morning was open their presents under the tree. This is Ryland checking out his new Nintendo DS.
(The girls in our family)
This Christmas morning, my sister invited us to go to their church because my nephews and nieces were singing in the choir. Yes, we do live next to each other but we attend different churches, although we’re both Roman Catholics. Maybe I’ll explain why in a different post. We always celebrate Christmas together, including Mama, at my sister’s house. My middle son was asking when we’re going to celebrate it in our house. Maybe next time. It’s just that my sister has more (7) kids than I do (3) and it’s easier for us to bring ourselves and our presents, food, and stuff over to their house. I know, we’re just going next door but we still have to put on our winter jackets to go outside. The weather here is beautiful though. Temperature was minus 16 when we went out this morning and it went up to minus 8. It looks and feels like spring. We can see the green grass in front of the apartment across the street.
(Grandma and the grandsons)
For Christmas lunch, I made crab and corn soup, lemon chicken, egg rolls (lumpia), and fruit salad. My sister made pancit (fried noodles), meatloaf, and pandesal. Mama made some kuchinta and maja blanco (rice cakes).
After lunch, we took some pictures and of course the kids opened some more presents.
Urgh! Did you see me in the photos? I really need to lose a few pounds.