We spent Christmas Eve 2015 differently from the previous years. Because we’re moving homes, the kids suggested that instead of buying them gifts to put under the tree, we just keep the money & spend it on renovating their rooms & furnishing their personal territories. So we didn’t have the traditional opening of gifts on the night before Christmas -kasi nga wala namang bubuksan haha.
Very mature decision though, wouldn’t you say? Now I’m certain that they’re all grown up (but hopefully not old enough to leave my nest huhu! :)
Last month they already started looking at tiles & fixtures for the renovation of their respective bedrooms & bathrooms with their dad -the contractor/architect/engineer. LOL!
Ayan, may nakapili na nga ng kama nya! :P Due for delivery from POTTERY BARN in the next couple of weeks when her floor is finally finished & we can start moving things in to her room.
And so, our tree looked bare & empty this year. Save for some gifts from a couple of dear friends & the #Giblings who bought little surprises for each other, most are for our household help. Wala talagang kalatoy-latoy ang Christmas tree namin this year. Buti nalang may sponsors, LOL!
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays because it’s the season of giving. Not only do I like giving, but I also like receiving! And one gift I truly appreciate is something that I can share with the whole family. So these gift baskets from Tesco at SM Markets featuring Affordable British Favorites were truly met with delight by the Goppets! What’s more, Tesco carefully hand-picked every item in each basket to guarantee joy to anyone who receives them. British Staples: tea, beans, and cereal P1,000. Tesco Finest Collection: coffee, tea, and everything else in between P1,500. And Tesco’s Bath Time Faves: pampering bath and body products P400. The Tesco Christmas Baskets are available at SM Supermarket Makati, SM Supermarket Aura, and SM Hypermarket Mall of Asia only. Thank you SM! At SM, they’ve got it all, for you!
Many thanks to my Virtusio PR family & MARENZ SALOMON for this Califarmia Real California Cheese & Wine spread -available at all leading supermarkets.🍾 California cheeses are made with California milk produced by happy cows. Kaya naman Mooo-sarap talaga! Your thoughtfulness & love is very much appreciated by the GOppets. Nagka-laman ang christmas tree because of you haha. Thank you too US Potato Board for the year-round support! We enjoyed this spread immensely at our Christmas lunch, as you can see below.
Our resident reindeer & the rest of the GOppets would like to thank EUNICEDAUZ & Bridges PR for this awesome pangkabuhayan showcase! Ang saya saya ng pasko with this Oishi oishiowow & Smart C gift packs woohooooo! All my fave snacks & drinks! <3
Thank you so much LINKAGE FOODS VENTURE CORPORATION (?) for the holiday gift pack! This actually didn’t come with a note, just addressed to me & sent to my house), so whoever sent this, thank you from the bottom of my big fat heart! <3
When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do, is take a look at you, then I’m not so blue. Loving these too-pretty-to-eat Cupcake Macarons from Raffles Hotel Makati. Thank you so much MONIQUE TODA & MARGAUX HONTIVEROS! Love you superwomen! RAFFLES HOTEL MAKATI introduces “Le Cupcaron”: a fusion of delicate macarons and delightful cupcakes. At PHP 95 nett each, indulge in a medley of cést magnifique flavors. Gratify that craving for a mouthful of something Filipino with the Ube Queso or Coconut Calamansi. Chocolate lovers can binge on the tangy Orange-Chocolate ganache or the rich Double Chocolate, a melt-in-your-mouth mix of Guanaja 70% cocoa. Other flavors include the classic red velvet, salted caramel, and a roasted-pistachio cupcaron filled with morello cherry cream. For inquiries and more information, please call Fairmont Makati’s Restaurant Reservations at 795 1840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the fifth day of christmas my true love gave to me.. a box of NEW MAGNUM WHITE CHOCOLATE ALMOND to keep my heart a-beating! Thick crackling white belgian chocolate, creamy vanilla ice cream goodness with chunky almond pieces. It’s magnum chocolate pleasure, now in white! Thank you so much Magnum PH & Unilever for the love na umaapaw!
But the lack of gifts for each other under the tree doesn’t mean this holiday season is not a happy celebration for us this December. Au contraire, it’s probably our merriest Christmas of all because our dreams came true one by one this 2015. The GOppets received the BIGGEST & BEST gift this year! 2015 will always & forever be memorable to me. So many blessings have been showered upon us that we can only offer our thanks & praise to the Lord God who has shown favor, mercy and compassion to our family, especially to my Mom. <3
Though our holiday spread was relatively simple compared to others, our table was filled with love & laugher, with family members all present. For that alone, I am thankful.
Christmas days used to be spent at my mom’s. We’d go to her house to have lunch. Now I’m happy for a new tradition & I look forward to many more fun memories in our new home. Our first Christmas here, yay! \m/
It’s been a crazy year, I’m blessed to have the love & support of my GOppets through thick & thin. In good times & bad. <3
Though the presents weren’t as many (or as fun) as the previous years, what’s important is we have each other. All healthy, all happy. :)
With grown up kids, I find it’s easier to just give them shopping money. That way, they get what they truly want. Lagi nalang ako nagga-garage sale hmp!
The family that eats & prays together stays happy & blessed the whole year through! :)
Kap’s thoughtful gift to me. Bankrupt si Kap this year haha kaya key chain lang daw. Malay natin, next year may kotse nang kasama! ;)) And it’s the thought that counts. For him to want to spend the rest of his life with me & grow old together, thats already the best gift ever. #WalaNangIibiginPangIba! <3
And now, the holidays are over. It’s back to the daily grind. Have a great, productive, and a blessed year, everyone! :-* Here’s to another amazing year for all of us!