Advertisements = Christmas

My inboxes are drowning with advertisements. Sales, last minute deals, free shipping guaranteed to make it by the 24th...etc, etc. That's all I get in my inboxes nowadays. All these establishments trying to get us to do some last minute shopping. I have not fallen in their far. I might if I don't delete the emails right away though. On the other hand, I have a good self control when it comes to these things. I rarely fall for them. So I guess I'm good in that department. Ha!

Anyway, I can understand why we're being bombarded with all these hard to ignore offers. Christmas is right around the corner. It's less than a week to go. We don't do the countdowns as much anymore because somebody here has grown out of that already. She still taps on that countdown tree ornament we have hanging on our tree every now and then but not as often as she used to when she was much younger...which was several times a day. She's still excited about Christmas itself of course. The anticipation is still there which is a good sign.

Me, I of course miss Christmas back home. I haven't had a Philippine Christmas in more than 10 years. We didn't have an extravagant Christmas when we were growing up. As a matter of fact, it's quite the opposite. But the mere fact that we're celebrating it together was enough to make those past Christmases very memorable to me. Our Noche Buena food that we used to share back then was a pot of hot 'sopas' [elbow macaroni soup] that my mother would prepare earlier in the day plus a cheese [wich] sandwich. That's about it. Still, we would all be awake eating in the middle of the night sharing stories and laughing. Those memories will be forever etched in my mind and will forever be missed because my siblings and their families have their own 'traditions' now. I am hoping and praying that one day, I will be able to once more spend this very joyouns occasion with them. Well, I know I will. The only question is when....


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