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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas In Gensan

It's the first time that my family celebrated Christmas in General Santos City and with our newest member, our very own, Jacob.  We planned it long before the holiday, applied for a couple of days leave, just to have more time to spend.  But what we haven't planned was the accident I had days before Christmas, indeed a bummer, but even that wasn't able to stop the cheerful air that was brought by the season... and of course, being together as a complete family.  Nothing would beat that.

We had a simple but significant celebration.  Unlike what we used to have in Davao, we dressed for the event, since there was a picture taking (though i was quite uncomfortable wearing pants due to my knee injury... araguyyyy!!!).  Followed by the most awaited opening of presents which my kids asked me when for a thousand time.  But I wouldn't miss a single moment to see my kids eagerly opening their gifts... those big bright sparkling eyes and cheerful laughter were truly a sight worth remembering.

Afterwards, we had our dinner of Filipino cuisines, kalderetang kambing (goat meat), kare-kareng baka (beef), inihaw na baboy (roasted pork) and buko (coconut) salad, to name a few.  I tried them all, just don't ask me how i was  able to make room for it, but with good cooking you just swallow one after the other.  All praises to my in-laws for preparing a very yummy meal. 

Then, the fireworks and loud firecrackers started.  Yes, we're a little bit eager to see and hear it again since it's banned in our city years ago.  No, I'm never against the policy, because since then, firecracker related accidents are almost erased from our city.  There are just a lot of irresponsible and careless people handling such dangerous explosive stuff.  I guess, what I'm trying to say is, firecrackers are safe if only it's handled by experts and/or at least able persons.

Lastly, I thank the very essence whom we are celebrating Christmas for, Jesus.   For the Almighty Father, for the gift of children... the gift of life.  And for giving His only beloved Son.  The light no matter what darkness we've been through.  The hope that Jesus had given the world, that by becoming one of us and dying for all our sins, He had given all of us a hope to still be with Him in heaven everlasting.  Happy birthday, our Lord... until You come again.  Yahweh bless.


  1. for me simple is something like this, I woke up the kids, greeted them Merry Christmas, prayed together, had some cake and pancit (from our neighbor), opened their gifts and went back to sleep...

  2. Sounds like a fun-filled Christmas family time except for the accident :-( Hope that you feel better by now :-)

  3. First off, I hope you've already recovered from your injury, whatever that is.

    Haha, kids. They just can't sit still until they've opened up their presents, eh?

    As for the firecracker total ban, I am all for that.

  4. Aw. I hope you're ok now. That's right, just being with your family during Christmas is enough. I was really young when i last heard firecrackers here in Davao and i don't think i'll be able to survive it's noise when i hear one lol
    Happy New Year! <3

  5. It is nice to know that your family enjoyed a truly happy Christmas. There is really nothing else we can ask for more than this.

  6. Lovely family! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! You're lucky to have a very loving in-laws too! :)

  7. Family is definitely a critical ingredient when its come to celebrating Christmas. Even a simpler celebrations can be special once its spent with the family.